Meaning of “association” in the English Dictionary

"association" in British English

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uk /əˌsəʊ.siˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /əˌsoʊ.siˈeɪ.ʃən/

association noun (GROUP)

B2 [ C, + sing/pl verb ] a group of people who work together in a single organization for a particular purpose:

The Football Association
The British Medical Association is/are campaigning for a complete ban on tobacco advertising.

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  • The school is affiliated with a national association of driving schools.
  • It falls to me to thank you for all you have done for the association.
  • The association needs to win back former members who have allowed their subscriptions to lapse.
  • As chairman of the association, he held office for over 20 years.
  • The aim of the association is to perpetuate the skills of traditional furniture design.

association noun (INVOLVEMENT)

C1 [ U ] the fact of being involved with or connected to someone or something:

her association with the university
This event was organized in association with a local school.

[ C or U ] a feeling or thought that relates to someone or something:

The beach has positive associations for me as I used to spend my holidays there.

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  • His wife's association with a former criminal was a constant source of embarrassment for the prime minister.
  • He began his long association with the New York City Opera in 1943.
  • The book was published in association with a local charity.
  • This part of the country held many pleasant associations for her.
  • People were suspicious of his past association with right-wing groups.

(Definition of “association” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"association" in American English

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us /əˌsoʊ·ʃiˈeɪ·ʃən, -si-/

association noun (GROUP SPENDING TIME)

[ C ] a group of people united in an organization because of their common interests:

The AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, is a huge organization with millions of members.

(Definition of “association” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"association" in Business English

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uk /əˌsəʊsiˈeɪʃən/ us

[ C ] written abbreviation especially US assn, written abbreviation especially US Assn, written abbreviation Assoc a group of people or organizations who work together for a particular purpose, often used in the names of particular organizations:

The creation of more part-time jobs is supported by the employers' association.
president of the American Bar Association

[ C or U ] the fact of being involved with other people or organizations that have the same purpose as you:

association with sb/sth We have had a very long and productive association with the firm.
Manchester Business School, in association with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, offers a top marketing qualification for professionals.

(Definition of “association” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)