from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of associating or the state of being associated.
  • n. An organized body of people who have an interest, activity, or purpose in common; a society.
  • n. A mental connection or relation between thoughts, feelings, ideas, or sensations.
  • n. A remembered or imagined feeling, emotion, idea, or sensation linked to a person, object, or idea.
  • n. Chemistry Any of various processes of combination, such as hydration, solvation, or complex-ion formation, depending on relatively weak chemical bonding.
  • n. Ecology A large number of organisms in a specific geographic area constituting a community with one or two dominant species.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of associating, or state of being associated; union; connection, whether of persons of things.
  • n. Mental connection, or that which is mentally linked or associated with a thing.
  • n. Union of persons in a company or society for some particular purpose. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of associating or the state of being associated. Connection of persons or things; union.
  • n. A union or connection of ideas. See association of ideas, below.
  • n. An organized union of persons for a common purpose; a body of persons acting together for the promotion of some object of mutual interest or advantage; a partnership, corporation, or society: as, the Association for the Advancement of Science; a political or charitable association.
  • n. In physical chemistry, the union of chemical molecules to form more complex aggregates; especially, the union of the molecules of a vapor to form more complex aggregates when the temperature is reduced nearly to the boiling-point, or when they condense into liquids.
  • n. In phytogeography, the aggregation of plant individuals initiated by reproduction on the spot of growth, but finally determined by environment. See formation and plant association.
  • n. A local aggregation of plants within a formation characterized more by the species which compose it than by any biological peculiarity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a formal organization of people or groups of people
  • n. a social or business relationship
  • 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. the act of consorting with or joining with others
  • n. the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination
  • n. (chemistry) any process of combination (especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding
  • n. the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
  • n. a relation resulting from interaction or dependence


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin associātiōnem, from associāre (perhaps via French association).


  • First of all, then, the validity of the argument depends upon the probability there is that the constant associated of Mind with Matter within experience is due to a _causal_ connection; for if the association in question is merely an _association_ and nothing more, the origin of known mind is as far from being explained as it would be were

    A Candid Examination of Theism

  • During workshops we regularly ask sales draftees to play a word association game around the term "salesperson."

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  • Or, for that matter, why would it translate into more difficulty in breaking away from a baseball-related solution in the word association task or figuring out that a tack box, if emptied, can be used as a support device?


  • For example, say the relationship bird→airplane had a word association value of 11.


  • A word association with streaming media leaps to mind: screaming meemies.

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  • “Numbers equals digits equals fingers,” Slater explained his word association and slipped an engagement ring on her finger.

    The Second Time

  • When someone says windows in a word association game, do you answer drapes?

    I Used to Have a Handle on Life But It Broke

  • At the same time, you must associate the name of the person you are meeting with something about him or her that will become your word association that will trigger your memory when you meet him again.

    Kitchen Privileges

  • Helen with the henna-hair—Rachel tried for a word association and discovered the woman had turned her glance to her.

    Separate Cabins

  • Imagine somebody being in a psychiatrist's chair and subjected to a word association test.

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