Definitions for: Association

[n] the act of consorting with or joining with others; "you cannot be convicted of criminal guilt by association"
[n] the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination; "conditioning is a form of learning by association"
[n] (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
[n] a formal organization of people or groups of people; "he joined the Modern Language Association"
[n] (chemistry) any process of combination (especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination; "his association of his father with being beaten was too strong to break"

Webster (1913) Definition: As*so`ci*a"tion (?; 277), n. [Cf. F. association,
LL. associatio, fr. L. associare.]
1. The act of associating, or state of being associated;
union; connection, whether of persons of things. ``Some .
. . bond of association.'' --Hooker.

Self-denial is a kind of holy association with God.

2. Mental connection, or that which is mentally linked or
associated with a thing.

Words . . . must owe their powers association.

Why should . . . the holiest words, with all their
venerable associations, be profaned? --Coleridge.

3. Union of persons in a company or society for some
particular purpose; as, the American Association for the
Advancement of Science; a benevolent association.
Specifically, as among the Congregationalists, a society,
consisting of a number of ministers, generally the pastors
of neighboring churches, united for promoting the
interests of religion and the harmony of the churches.

Association of ideas (Physiol.), the combination or
connection of states of mind or their objects with one
another, as the result of which one is said to be revived
or represented by means of the other. The relations
according to which they are thus connected or revived are
called the law of association. Prominent among them are
reckoned the relations of time and place, and of cause and
effect. --Porter.

An organization for promoting the spiritual, intellectual,
social, and physical welfare of young men, founded, June 6,
1844, by George Williams (knighted therefor by Queen
Victoria) in London. In 1851 it extended to the United States
and Canada, and in 1855 representatives of similar
organizations throughout Europe and America formed an
international body. The movement has successfully expanded
not only among young men in general, but also specifically
among railroad men, in the army and navy, with provision for
Indians and negroes, and a full duplication of all the
various lines of oepration in the boys' departments.

An organization for promoting the spiritual, intellectual,
social, and economic welfare of young women, originating in
1855 with Lady Kinnaird's home for young women, and Miss Emma
Robert's prayer union for young women,in England, which were
combined in the year 1884 as a national association. Now
nearly all the civilized countries, and esp. the United
States, have local, national, and international

Synonyms: affiliation, connection, connexion, tie, tie-up

Antonyms: disassociation

See Also: AARP, affiliation, American Baptist Convention, American Legion, ASEAN, associate, Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, chamber of commerce, chapter, chemical action, chemical change, chemical process, club, colligation, conference, consortium, cooperative, Fabian Society, family, fellowship, fraternisation, fraternization, gang, gild, group, grouping, guild, hydration, institute, league, legion, lodge, memory, mob, Northern Baptist Convention, order, organisation, organization, pack, pool, professional association, relation, relationship, remembering, ring, social activity, society, solvation, Southern Baptist Convention, syndicate, unification, union, Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW

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