AskDefine | Define association

Dictionary Definition



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 the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination; "his association of his father with being beaten was too strong to break" [ant: disassociation]
4 a social or business relationship; "a valuable financial affiliation"; "he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team"; "many close associations with England" [syn: affiliation, tie, tie-up]
5 the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination; "conditioning is a form of learning by association" [syn: connection, connexion]
6 a relation resulting from interaction or dependence; "flints were found in association with the prehistoric remains of the bear"; "the host is not always injured by association with a parasite"
7 (chemistry) any process of combination (especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding
8 (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

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl la associationem, from associare (perhaps via etyl fr association).


  • (UK) /əˌsəʊʃiˈeɪʃən/, /@%s@USi"eIS@n/
  • (US) /əˌsoʊʃiˈeɪʃən/, /@%soUSi"eIS@n/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn


  1. The act of associating.
  2. The state of being associated.
  3. A group of persons associated for a common purpose; an organization; society.
  4. A connection to or an affiliation with something.

Derived terms

Related terms


  • Albanian: asociacion
  • Czech: sdružení
  • Dutch: vereniging
  • Finnish: yhdistys
  • French: association
  • German: Vereinigung
  • Hebrew: (1,2)
  • Ido: asociuro
  • Irish: cumann
  • Japanese: 協会 (kyōkai)
  • Russian: ассоциация
  • Spanish: asociación



From associer.


  • lang=fr|/a.sɔ.sja.sjɔ̃/, /a.sO.sja.sjO~/


fr-noun f
  1. association, society, group
  2. In the context of "commercial|economic": partnership
  3. association (of related terms, ideas etc.), combination

Extensive Definition

Association may refer to:
Associations in various fields of study:
Names of particular entities or things:
association in Catalan: Associació
association in Czech: Asociace
association in German: Assoziation
association in Spanish: Asociación
association in French: Association
association in Italian: Associazione
association in Dutch: Associatie
association in Polish: Asocjacja
association in Russian: Ассоциация
association in Simple English: Association
association in Finnish: Assosiaatio
association in Swedish: Association

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Anschluss, British Cabinet, Sanhedrin, US Cabinet, accompaniment, accord, accordance, addition, adjunct, advisory body, affairs, affiliation, affinity, agglomeration, aggregation, agreement, alignment, alliance, amalgamation, approximation, assemblage, assembly, assimilation, association by contiguity, association of ideas, bench, blend, blending, board, body of advisers, bond, bonding, borough council, brain trust, cabal, cabinet, cahoots, camaraderie, camarilla, cartel, centralization, chain of thought, chamber, city council, clang association, closeness, co-working, coaction, coadunation, coalescence, coalition, cochairmanship, coincidence, collaboration, colleagueship, collectivity, collegialism, collegiality, collusion, combination, combine, combined effort, combo, common council, community, companionship, company, complicity, composition, comradeship, concert, concerted action, concomitance, concordance, concourse, concurrence, condominium, confederacy, confederation, conference, confluence, confraternity, congeries, conglomeration, congress, conjugation, conjunction, connectedness, connection, consilience, consociation, consolidation, consortium, consortship, conspiracy, consultative assembly, contiguity, contrariety, contribution, controlled association, cooperation, cooperative, copartnership, copartnery, correspondence, cotenancy, council, council fire, council of ministers, council of state, council of war, county council, court, current of thought, dealings, deduction, deliberative assembly, diet, directory, disjunction, divan, ecumenism, embodiment, encompassment, engagement, enosis, federalization, federation, fellowship, filiation, flow of thought, fraternalism, fraternity, fraternization, free association, freemasonry, friendship, fusion, group, guild, having a part, homology, hookup, identification, inclusion, incorporation, inmost thoughts, integration, intercourse, intimacy, involvement, joining, joint chairmanship, joint control, joint ownership, joint tenancy, junction, junta, kitchen cabinet, league, legislature, liaison, link, linkage, linking, marriage, meld, melding, membership, mental linking, merger, mutual attraction, nearness, negative transference, organization, package, package deal, pairing, parasitism, parish council, partaking, participation, partnership, positive transference, privy council, propinquity, proximity, rapport, relatedness, relation, relations, relationship, saprophytism, secret thoughts, sharing, similarity, simultaneity, social circle, social class, society, sodality, solidification, sorority, soviet, staff, stream of consciousness, suffrage, symbiosis, sympathy, synchronism, syncretism, syndicate, syndication, syneresis, synergy, synesthesia, synod, synthesis, thoughts, tie, tie-in, tie-up, train of thought, transference, tribunal, unification, union, united action, voting, wedding
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