Synonyms of association
1 groupDictionary • the British Olympic Association
group • The trouble involved a small group of football supporters.
company • He was a notable young actor in a company of rising stars.
club • He was a member of the local youth club.
order • the Benedictine order of monks
union • the question of which countries should join the currency union
class • the relationship between different social classes
society • the historical society
league • the League of Nations
band • bands of government soldiers
set • the popular watering hole for the literary set
troop • She was aware of a little troop of travellers watching them.
pack • a pack of journalists who wanted to interview him
camp • The Republican camp is solidly in favour of capital punishment.
collection • A collection of people of all ages assembled to pay their respects.
gathering • He spoke today before a large gathering of world leaders.
organization • Most of the funds are provided by voluntary organizations.
circle • a small circle of friends
corporation • chairman of a huge multi-national corporation
alliance • The two parties were still too much apart to form an alliance.
coalition • He had been opposed by a coalition of about 50 civil rights organizations.
partnership • As the partnership prospered, the employees shared in the benefits.
federation • the British Athletic Federation
bunch (informal) • The players were a great bunch.
faction • A peace agreement will be signed by the leaders of the country's warring factions.
cluster • A cluster of men blocked the doorway.
syndicate • They formed a syndicate to buy the car.
batch • the current batch of trainee priests
fraternity (US, Canadian) • He joined a college fraternity.
clique • The country is run by a small clique of wealthy families.
confederacy • Vienna was established as the political and cultural capital of a new confederacy of Germanic states.
assemblage • an assemblage of German officers
social network (computing)
2 friendshipDictionary • The association between the two companies stretches back 30 years.
friendship • They struck up a close friendship.
relationship • Money problems place great stress on close family relationships.
link • They hope to cement close links with Moscow.
tie • She had family ties in France.
bond • the bond that linked them
connection • There is no evidence of any connection between BSE and the brain diseases recently confirmed in cats.
partnership • the partnership between Germany's banks and its businesses
attachment • As a teenager she formed a strong attachment to one of her teachers.
intimacy • a means of achieving intimacy with another person
fellowship • a sense of community and fellowship
affinity • The two plots share certain obvious affinities.
familiarity • Close personal familiarity between councillors and staff can prove embarrassing.
affiliation • The group has no affiliation to any political party.
companionship • He missed the companionship of friends of his own age.
comradeship • He missed the comradeship of army life.
3 connectionDictionary • the association of the colour black with death
union • The Romanian majority in the province voted for union with Romania.
relation • This theory bears no relation to reality.
combination • The company's chairman has proposed a merger or other business combination.
mixture • a mixture between Reggae, Bhangra, and Soul fusion
blend • He makes up his own blends of flour.
identification • There is a close identification of nationhood with language.
correlation • There is a correlation between smoking and lung cancer.
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affiliationIf one group has an affiliation with another group, it has a close or official connection with it.
• The group has no affiliation to any political party.
affinityIf people or things have an affinity with each other, they are similar in some ways.
• The two plots share certain obvious affinities.
allianceAn alliance is a group of countries or political parties that are formally united and working together because they have similar aims.
• The two parties were still too much apart to form an alliance.
Thesaurus for association from the Collins English Thesaurus
a group of people having a common purpose or interest; a society or club