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1    a group of people having a common purpose or interest; a society or club  
2    the act of associating or the state of being associated  
3    friendship or companionship  
their association will not last     
4    a mental connection of ideas, feelings, or sensations  
association of revolution with bloodshed     
5      (Psychol)   the mental process of linking ideas so that the recurrence of one idea automatically recalls the other  
   See also       free association  
6      (Chem)   the formation of groups of molecules and ions, esp. in liquids, held together by weak chemical bonds  
7      (Ecology)   a group of similar plants that grow in a uniform environment and contain one or more dominant species  

articles of association  
      pl n  
1    the constitution and regulations of a registered company as required by the British Companies Acts  
2    the document containing these  
association football  
      n      a more formal name for       soccer  
association law  
      n     (Psychol)   any law governing the association of ideas  
British Association screw thread  
      n     (Engineering)   a system of screw sizes designated from 0 to 25. Now superseded by standard metric sizes,   (Abbrev)    BA  
building and loan association  
      n      a U.S. name for       building society  
clang association  
      n     (Psychol)   the association made between two words because they sound similar; for example cling and ring  
community association  
      n   (in Britain) an organization of people and groups working for the common good of a neighbourhood, usually operating under a written constitution registered with the Charity Commissioners  
employee association  
      n   an organization, other than a trade union, whose members comprise employees of a single employing organization. The aims of the association may be social, recreational, or professional  
employers' association  
      n   a body of employers, usually from the same sector of the economy, associated to further the interests of member companies by conducting negotiations with trade unions, providing advice, making representations to other bodies, etc.  
European Free Trade Association  
      n      See       EFTA  
free association  
1      (Psychoanal)   a method of exploring a person's unconscious by eliciting words and thoughts that are associated with key words provided by a psychoanalyst  
2    a spontaneous mental process whereby ideas, words, or images suggest other ideas, etc., in a nonlogical chain reaction  
housing association  
      n     (Social welfare)   (in Britain) a non-profit-making body whose purpose is to build, convert, or improve houses for letting at fair rents  
International Development Association  
      n   an organization set up in 1960 to provide low-interest loans to developing countries. It is part of the World Bank Group,   (Abbrev)    IDA  
parent teacher association  
      n   a social group of the parents of children at a school and their teachers formed in order to foster better understanding between them and to organize activities on behalf of the school,   (Abbrev.)    PTA  
professional association  
      n   a body of persons engaged in the same profession, formed usually to control entry into the profession, maintain standards, and represent the profession in discussions with other bodies  
residents association  
      n   an organization composed of voluntary members living in a particular neighbourhood, which aims to improve the social and communal facilities of the neighbourhood and to conserve or improve its environmental advantages  
   See also       community association       tenants association  
savings and loan association  
      n      a U.S. name for a       building society  
sovereignty association  
      n   (in Canada) a proposed arrangement by which Quebec would become independent but would maintain a formal association with Canada  
staff association  
      n   an association of employees that performs some of the functions of a trade union, such as representing its members in discussions with the management, and may also have other social and professional purposes  
tenants association  
      n   an organization of tenants, usually with a written constitution and charitable status, whose aim is to improve the housing conditions, amenities, community life, and contractual positions of its members  
   See also       community association       residents association  
trade association  
      n   an association of organizations in the same trade formed to further their collective interests, esp. in negotiating with governments, trade unions, etc.  
Ulster Defence Association  
      n   (in Northern Ireland) a Loyalist paramilitary organization,   (Abbrev.)    UDA  
word association  
      n   an early method of psychoanalysis in which the patient thinks of the first word that comes into consciousness on hearing a given word. In this way it was claimed that aspects of the unconscious could be revealed before defence mechanisms intervene  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    affiliation, alliance, band, clique, club, coalition, combine, company, confederacy, confederation, cooperative, corporation, federation, fraternity, group, league, order, organization, partnership, society, syndicate, union  
2    affinity, companionship, comradeship, familiarity, fellowship, fraternization, friendship, intimacy, liaison, partnership, relations, relationship  
3    blend, bond, combination, concomitance, connection, correlation, identification, joining, juxtaposition, linkage, linking, lumping together, mixing, mixture, pairing, relation, tie, union, yoking  

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