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Definition of "association" []

  • The act of associating or the state of being associated. (noun)
  • An organized body of people who have an interest, activity, or purpose in common; a society. (noun)
  • A mental connection or relation between thoughts, feelings, ideas, or sensations. (noun)
  • A remembered or imagined feeling, emotion, idea, or sensation linked to a person, object, or idea. (noun)
  • Chemistry Any of various processes of combination, such as hydration, solvation, or complex-ion formation, depending on relatively weak chemical bonding. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "association" in a sentence
  • "First of all, then, the validity of the argument depends upon the probability there is that the constant associated of Mind with Matter within experience is due to a _causal_ connection; for if the association in question is merely an _association_ and nothing more, the origin of known mind is as far from being explained as it would be were"
  • "During workshops we regularly ask sales draftees to play a word association game around the term "salesperson.""
  • "Or, for that matter, why would it translate into more difficulty in breaking away from a baseball-related solution in the word association task or figuring out that a tack box, if emptied, can be used as a support device?"