association: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-sō"sē-ā'shun, -shē-), [key]
— n.
  1. an organization of people with a common purpose and having a formal structure.
  2. the act of associating or state of being associated.
  3. friendship; companionship: Their close association did not last long.
  4. connection or combination.
  5. the connection or relation of ideas, feelings, sensations, etc.; correlation of elements of perception, reasoning, or the like.
  6. an idea, image, feeling, etc., suggested by or connected with something other than itself; an accompanying thought, emotion, or the like; an overtone or connotation: My associations with that painting are of springlike days.
  7. a group of plants of one or more species living together under uniform environmental conditions and having a uniform and distinctive aspect.
  8. a weak form of chemical bonding involving aggregation of molecules of the same compound.
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Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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