American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To engage in free association.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (psychoanalysis) to express one's thoughts, ideas, impressions, etc. in an unplanned and unstructured way, allowing each thought or idea to prompt recollection of the next one. It is a process used in psychotherapy.
- v. associate freely
“And you could see why – watching his rendition of Crazy Little Thing Called Love was like watching a barely sentient toddler nervously free-associate to himself.”
“I did this guided meditation thingy from Anodea Judith, which I loved because at the end of the meditation, you have to kind of free-associate with your art supplies and words about the state of your chakra.”
“We all need time to free-associate, think creatively, make plans, analyze a complex work or personal problem.”
“Let me just free-associate here: arm cuffs, hair falls, stove-top jeans, mini-mod dresses.”
““Just go ahead and free-associate whatever comes to mind.””
“They could argue, berate, complain, insult, opine, free-associate, joke around, and revel in their ability to entertain one other as a completely anonymous collective.”
“Well, the 52-year-old is of course known for more than just insulting Jews; but since he hasn't acted on screen since M. Night Shyamalan's Signs in 2002 and infamously declared in 2006, "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world" whilst getting arrested for drunk driving, I can't help but have that as my free-associate for the seasoned Aussie.”
“INSKEEP: When people think of Tom Waits voice, maybe Norah Jones voice is not the next voice they would they free-associate to?”
“Who I could riff and free-associate with during the long road trips and wee hours in dreary motels.”
“I have a very hard time believing man-on-the street comes up with your list when asked to free-associate Viking/Fighting-Irish/Wolverine UNLESS he is specifically thinking in terms of the sports team.”
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