Meaning of ASSOCIATION in English


as ‧ so ‧ ci ‧ a ‧ tion S3 W1 /əˌsəʊsiˈeɪʃ ə n, əˌsəʊʃi- $ əˌsoʊ-/ BrE AmE noun

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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▪ organization a group of people, companies, or countries, which is set up for a particular purpose:

Greenpeace is an international organization that protects the environment.


the World Health Organization

▪ institution a large important organization such as a bank, church, or university:

The University is an important academic institution.


financial institutions such as banks

▪ association an organization for people in a particular profession, sport, or activity, which officially represents its members – often used in names:

I met a representative of the National Association of Teachers.


the Football Association

▪ party an organization of people with the same political aims which you can vote for in elections:

Which political party do you support?


He voted for the Republican Party’s candidate.

▪ body an important group of people who make the rules and advise people about what should be allowed:

the sport’s governing body


The government has set up an advisory body.

▪ club/society an organization for people who share an interest, for example a sport:

We belong to a tennis club.


I joined the university film society.

▪ union an organization formed by workers in order to protect their rights:

The union ordered its members out on strike.

▪ charity an organization which collects money to help people who are poor, sick etc and does not make any profit for itself:

She has raised a lot of money for local charities.

▪ quango British English disapproving an organization set up by the government, which has official power but whose members have not been elected:

the amount of money that is wasted on government quangos

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.