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association

noun
     
as‧so‧ci‧a‧tion S3 W1
1 [countable] an organization that consists of a group of people who have the same aims, do the same kind of work etc:
the Association of Master Builders
housing association
2 [uncountable and countable] a relationship with a particular person, organization, group etc
association with
his close association with the Green Party
3

in association with somebody/something

made or done with another person, organization etc:
concerts sponsored by the Arts Council in association with local businesses
4 [countable] a connection or relationship between two events, ideas, situations etc
association between
the strong association between the disease and middle-aged women
5 [countable] a feeling or memory that is related to a particular place, event, word etc:
Scotland has all kinds of happy associations for me.

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