Associate Meaning is about is using an analysis of the meaning of words to explain certain problems in everyday life. It is based on the concept that there are three different categories of meaning. These categories are descriptive meaning, connotative meaning, and functional meaning.
A descriptive meaning is used to describe an object without giving any information. This type of meaning describes the object only by its shape or size. It is sometimes referred to as “identificational.”
A connotative meaning is used to describe an object by using a word that is commonly associated with it. For example, an apple can be described as a fruit when it is spoken but not in writing. Connotation is used to describe things by what people generally believe. If an apple is described as a fruit in the first sentence but is called a nut later, then the writer has used connotative meaning.
Finally, a functional meaning is used to describe an object by describing it as useful to a person's needs. Functional meaning is related to descriptive meaning. As a matter of fact, functional meaning is often used to describe the object by giving an example of a situation where the object would be used. Examples of functional meaning are the following: if you were to build a wall, the building would be a good use of bricks. If you were to paint your house, the paint would be a good use of paint.
To illustrate associate meaning, think about this example. If I were to describe the object as a house, this description would be used to describe a house that would be a good use of lumber. However, if I were to describe it as a house without the word “house” around it, the description would describe a house that is a good use of wood in other parts of the country. Therefore, the description is “exact”sufficiently exact.”
What associate meaning is used to describe an object? When we are trying to explain something, we must use one of the three categories of meanings for the object (descriptive meaning, connotative meaning, or functional meaning).
We can use descriptive meaning when we want to describe how something is shaped or how something is made up of material such as a person's body. We can use connotative meaning when we want to describe how something is described. as a whole; for example, a “She is a beautiful girl.” or “She is a beautiful girl who likes to play with cars.”
So to summarize, the meaning of associate meaning is used to describe objects by giving an example or description of how the object would be used in daily life. The use of connotative or functional meaning is used to describe objects to describe situations in which the object is used. If we are explaining an object in written form, we use descriptive meaning and connotative meaning. When we are using the description of an object in spoken language, we use connotative meaning.
To give an example of connotative meaning, if I were to say that a red hat was a good use of red paint, I would use descriptive meaning. If I were to say that a blue hat was a good use of blue paint, I would use connotative meaning. If I were to . . . . . . say that the color blue was good, I would use functional meaning. However, when I was to tell someone who saw the hat for the first time that red and blue were good, I would use descriptive meaning. If we were talking about a hat that we were not going to wear on a day that was supposed to be hot, we use descriptive meaning.
You might say, “Red and blue are good because I am going to be working on a hot day.” You may also say, “Red and blue are good because my hair will burn off.” These are examples of connotative and functional meaning.
These are good examples of how people can use these different types of meaning to describe things to their advantage. In addition, when a teacher gives a definition of a certain object, he or she can use one or more of these types of meanings.
Associate meaning can be confusing, however, especially when someone has no idea of what they are talking about. In this case, it is always best to try to follow along with the example given, and get a bit of the explanation out of the way before you make a comment.