Meaning of “association” in the English Dictionary

"association" in 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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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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(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)