verb as·so·ci·ate \ə-ˈsō-shē-ˌāt, -sē-\

: to think of one person or thing when you think of another person or thing

: to be together with another person or group as friends, partners, etc.


Full Definition of ASSOCIATE

transitive verb
:  to join as a partner, friend, or companion
obsolete :  to keep company with :  attend
:  to join or connect together :  combine
:  to bring together or into relationship in any of various intangible ways (as in memory or imagination)
intransitive verb
:  to come or be together as partners, friends, or companions
:  to combine or join with other parts :  unite

Examples of ASSOCIATE

  1. I no longer wish to be associated with people like him.
  2. She associates herself with some pretty strange people.


Middle English associat associated, from Latin associatus, past participle of associare to unite, from ad- + sociare to join, from socius companion — more at social
First Known Use: 14th century

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adjective as·so·ciate \ə-ˈsō-shē-ət, -sē-, -ˌāt, -shət\

: having a rank or position that is below the highest level in a group, organization, etc.

Full Definition of ASSOCIATE

:  closely connected (as in function or office) with another
:  closely related especially in the mind
:  having secondary or subordinate status <associate membership in a society>

Examples of ASSOCIATE

  1. He's an associate member of the club but he hopes to become a full member soon.
  2. She was promoted from assistant editor to associate editor and may soon be promoted to senior editor.

First Known Use of ASSOCIATE

14th century


noun as·so·ciate \same as 2\

: a person who you work with or spend time with

: a member of a group or organization who is at a level that is below the highest level

Full Definition of ASSOCIATE

:  one associated with another: as
a :  partner, colleague
b :  companion, comrade
a :  an entry-level member (as of a learned society, professional organization, or profession)
b :  employee, worker
often capitalized :  a degree conferred especially by a junior college <associate in arts>
as·so·ciate·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of ASSOCIATE

  1. Her associates respected her for her hard work.
  2. She started as an associate at the law firm.

First Known Use of ASSOCIATE


Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite


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