free-associate
free-associate free-associate v. i. (psychoanalysis) to express one's thoughts, ideas, impressions, etc. in an unplanned and unstructured way, allowing each thought or idea to prompt recollection of the next one. It is a process used in psychotherapy.

Syn: associate freely. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • free-associate — free as·so·ci·ate .frē ə sō s(h)ē .āt vt, free as·so·ci·at·ed; free as·so·ci·at·ing to engage in free association <asked to free associate about his dream (Maya Pines)> …   Medical dictionary

  • free-associate — [frē΄ə sō′shē āt΄, frē΄ə sō′sēāt΄] vi. free associated, free associating to engage in free association …   English World dictionary

  • free-associate — /free euh soh shee ayt , see /, v.i., free associated, free associating. to engage in free association. [1940 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • free-associate — verb associate freely Let s associate freely to bring up old memories • Topics: ↑psychotherapy • Hypernyms: ↑associate, ↑tie in, ↑relate, ↑link, ↑colligate, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • free-associate — [c]/fri əˈsoʊʃieɪt/ (say free uh sohsheeayt) verb (free associated, free associating) –verb (i) 1. to elaborate a train of thought suggested by a spontaneous reaction to a word, image, thought, etc. –verb (t) 2. to link (words, ideas, etc.) which …   Australian English dictionary

  • free-associate — intransitive verb see free association …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • free-as|so|ci|ate — «FREE uh SOH shee ayt», intransitive verb, at|ed, at|ing. to use or engage in free association: »“But you can free associate to anything” said Polly. “The word fire for instance. What does it make you think of?” “Water.” “And water?”... (Mary… …   Useful english dictionary

  • free association — n. (psychoanalysis) The act or process of free associating. It is a technique used in psychoanalysis and is supposed to allow the analyst access to the unconscious thoughts of the analysand. See {free associate}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • free association — noun Date: 1899 1. a. the expression (as by speaking or writing) of the content of consciousness without censorship as an aid in gaining access to unconscious processes especially in psychoanalysis b. the reporting of the first thought that comes …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • free association — noun Psychology a psychoanalytic technique for investigation of the unconscious mind, in which a subject reports all passing thoughts without reservation, especially in response to key words put forward by the analyst. Derivatives free associate… …   English new terms dictionary

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