- 1 [countable] (abbreviation Assoc.) an official group of people who have joined together for a particular purpose synonym organization Do you belong to any professional or trade associations? the Harvard alumni association a residents' association
- 2 [countable, uncountable] association (with somebody/something) a connection or relationship between people or organizations his alleged association with terrorist groups They have maintained a close association with a college in the U.K. The book was published in association with (= together with) the ASPCA. She became famous through her association with the group of poets.
- 3 [countable, usually plural] an idea or a memory that is suggested by someone or something; a mental connection between ideas The beach has pleasant associations with childhood vacations for me. The cat soon made the association between human beings and food. The smell of incense always had associations with religion for him. see also free association
- 4[countable] a connection between things where one is caused by the other a proven association between passive smoking and cancer
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