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[ UK /ɐsˈə‍ʊsɪˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
[ US /əˌsoʊsiˈeɪʃən, əˌsoʊʃiˈeɪʃən/ ]
  1. a formal organization of people or groups of people
    he joined the Modern Language Association
  2. the act of consorting with or joining with others
    you cannot be convicted of criminal guilt by association
  3. a social or business relationship
    many close associations with England
    he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team
    a valuable financial affiliation
  4. (chemistry) any process of combination (especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding
  5. a relation resulting from interaction or dependence
    the host is not always injured by association with a parasite
    flints were found in association with the prehistoric remains of the bear
  6. the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination
    his association of his father with being beaten was too strong to break
  7. (ecology) a group of organisms (plants and animals) that live together in a certain geographical region and constitute a community with a few dominant species
  8. the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
    conditioning is a form of learning by association
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How To Use association In A Sentence

  • Sony Pictures Animation has a full slate of films including the mouth-watering 3D comedy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which opened as the #1 movie in North America on September 18, Hotel Transylvania, now in pre-production and, in association with Columbia Pictures, The Smurfs, now in production. Anton Yelchin and Fred Armisen Join The Smurfs | /Film
  • Kij: Nice to see Dream-Quest receive such prominence with that fantastic Gervasio Gallardo cover, inseparable from the contents thanks to childhood associations very similar to yours. MIND MELD: Books That Hold Special Places in Our Hearts and On Our Shelves
  • The genus Barclaya is very seldom seen in association with Cryptocoryne species.
  • Of course, you would expect it to be damp in those parts of the Highlands which the Camanachd Association holds as its fiefdom and indeed shinty has suffered in recent weeks with matches being cancelled due to unplayable pitches.
  • There is also a small genus of orchids, called coralroots, that obtains the majority of its nutrition from a mycorrhizal association with soil fungi.
  • I'm personally offended both by the error on the Times website and by your association of me with what you call the intentional slander of US marines. Rightwing Spin That Haditha Massacre Never Occurred
  • And so we found an association between this opacity at the back of the lens and short-sightedness, or myopia.
  • All democratic associations or groups were outlawed. Paul VI - The First Modern Pope
  • ‘We've been on an economic downtrend for the past three years that needs to be stopped,’ said the head of the BDA employers association.
  • Soon the association was strong enough to boycott local landlords who were evicting their tenants and offering the land to others at increased rents.
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