1530s, "action of coming together," from Medieval Latin associationem (nominative associatio), noun of action from past participle stem of associare (see associate). Meaning "a body of persons with a common purpose" is from 1650s. Meaning "mental connection" is from 1680s; that of "quality or thing called to mind by something else" is from 1810.
1. The support of our members is of great importance to the Association.
2. The association between the two companies stretches back thirty years.
3. The National Collegiate Athletic Association introduced drug testing in the mid-1980s.
4. The Amateur Softball Association's roster of umpires has declined to 57,000.
5. The Lawn Tennis Association suspended Mr Castle from the British team.