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noun association pronunciation in American English /əˌsoʊʃiˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a group of people who have joined together because they have similar interests or goals
    a professional association of engineers
    the Parent Teacher Association
  2. 2
    [countable] a connection between two things
    association between: Some studies show a strong association between pesticide use and certain diseases.
    association with: Smoking has a close association with lung cancer.
    1. a.
      a memory or feeling that is connected with a particular place, event, etc.
      The town has many happy childhood associations for me.
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a connection with a person, group, or organization
    association with: The police knew all about his associations with organized crime.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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