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association British & World English

(Often in names) a group of people organized for a joint purpose

association English Thesaurus

the industry has established a trade association

association area British & World English

A region of the cortex of the brain which connects sensory and motor areas, and which is thought to be concerned with higher mental activities

free association British & World English

The mental process by which one word or image may spontaneously suggest another without any necessary logical connection

Guide Association British & World English

(In the UK) an organization for girls, corresponding to the Scout Association

Scout Association British & World English

A worldwide youth organization founded for boys in 1907 by Lord Baden-Powell with the aim of developing their character by training them in self-sufficiency and survival techniques in the outdoors. Called the Boy Scouts until 1967, the Scout Association admitted girls as members from 1990

staff association British & World English

An association of employees performing some of the functions of a trade union, such as representing its members in discussions with management

word association British & World English

The spontaneous and unreflective production of other words in response to a given word, as a game, a prompt to creative thought or memory, or a technique in psychiatric evaluation

Scout Association New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

worldwide youth organization fostering self-sufficiency

Association football British & World English

More formal term for soccer.

housing association British & World English

A non-profit organization that rents houses and flats to people on low incomes or with particular needs

guilt by association British & World English

Guilt ascribed to someone not because of any evidence but because of their association with an offender

Girl Guides Association British & World English

Former name for Guide Association.

National Rifle Association British & World English

A national organization founded in 1871 that promotes the legal use of guns and gun safety in the US and defends a US citizen’s constitutional right to own and bear arms

parent–teacher association British & World English

A local organization of parents and teachers for promoting closer relations and improving educational facilities at a school

Reader's Digest Association New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

publishing company; Reader's Digest periodical

European Free Trade Association British & World English

A customs union of western European countries, established in 1960 as a trade grouping without the political implications of the European Economic Community. The original members were Austria, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK

International Development Association British & World English

An affiliate of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) established in 1960 to provide assistance primarily in the poorer developing countries

International Maritime Association British & World English

An agency of the United Nations established in 1958 for cooperation and exchange of information among governments on matters relating to international shipping. Its headquarters are in London

European Free Trade Association New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

customs union of western European countries which are not members of the EU

Association of Southeast Asian Nations British & World English

A regional organization intended to promote economic cooperation and now comprising the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Brunei

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People British & World English

A US civil rights organization set up in 1909 to oppose racial segregation and discrimination by non-violent means

guilt by association in guilt British & World English

Guilt ascribed to someone not because of any evidence but because of their association with an offender

savings and loan British & World English

(In the US) an institution which accepts savings at interest and lends money to savers for house or other purchases

savings and loan association in savings and loan British & World English

(In the US) an institution which accepts savings at interest and lends money to savers for house or other purchases


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