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

Simple Definition of associate

  • : 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


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to join as a partner, friend, or companion

  3. 2 obsolete :  to keep company with :  attend

  4. 3 :  to join or connect together :  combine

  5. 4 :  to bring together or into relationship in any of various intangible ways (as in memory or imagination)

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to come or be together as partners, friends, or companions

  8. 2 :  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.

Origin of associate

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

Synonym Discussion of associate

join, combine, unite, connect, link, associate, relate mean to bring or come together into some manner of union. join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness <joined forces in an effort to win>. combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit <combined jazz and rock to create a new music>. unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity <the colonies united to form a republic>. connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity <a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations>. link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity <a name forever linked with liberty>. associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation <opera is popularly associated with high society>. relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection <related what he observed to what he already knew>.

Rhymes with associate

abbreviate, abominate, accelerate, accentuate, accommodate, acculturate, accumulate, adjudicate, adulterate, affiliate, agglomerate, alienate, alleviate, alliterate, amalgamate, ameliorate, amyl nitrate, annihilate, annunciate, anticipate, apostolate, appreciate, appropriate, approximate, arpeggiate, articulate, asphyxiate, assassinate, asseverate, assimilate, at any rate, attenuate, authenticate, barbiturate, bicarbonate, calumniate, capacitate, capitulate, catholicate, certificate, coagulate, coelenterate, collaborate, commemorate, commiserate, communicate, compassionate, concatenate, conciliate, confabulate, confederate, conglomerate, congratulate, consolidate, contaminate, cooperate, coordinate, corroborate, deactivate, debilitate, decapitate, decelerate, decerebrate, deconcentrate, deconsecrate, decorticate, decrepitate, de-escalate, defibrinate, defoliate, degenerate, deliberate, delineate, demodulate, denominate, depopulate, depreciate, deracinate, deregulate, desegregate, desiderate, detoxicate, devaluate, diaconate, dilapidate, discriminate, disintegrate, disseminate, dissimulate, dissociate, domesticate, effectuate, ejaculate, elaborate, electroplate, eliminate, elucidate, emaciate, emancipate, emasculate, encapsulate, enumerate, enunciate, episcopate, equivocate, eradicate, etiolate, evacuate, evaluate, evaporate, eventuate, eviscerate, exacerbate, exaggerate, exasperate, excited state, excogitate, excoriate, exfoliate, exhilarate, exonerate, expatiate, expatriate, expectorate, expostulate, expropriate, extenuate, exterminate, extrapolate, facilitate, felicitate, fish or cut bait, garrison state, gesticulate, habilitate, habituate, hallucinate, humiliate, hydrogenate, hypothecate, illuminate, impersonate, inactivate, inaugurate, incarcerate, incinerate, incorporate, incriminate, indoctrinate, inebriate, infatuate, infuriate, ingratiate, ingurgitate, initiate, inoculate, inseminate, insinuate, instantiate, intercalate, interpolate, interrelate, interrogate, intimidate, intoxicate, invalidate, investigate, invigorate, irradiate, Italianate, Korea Strait, lanceolate, legitimate, luxuriate, mandarinate, manipulate, matriarchate, matriculate, Merthiolate, necessitate, negotiate, noncandidate, obliterate, officiate, Orange Free State, orientate, originate, oxygenate, participate, particulate, patriarchate, patriciate, perambulate, peregrinate, perpetuate, pontificate, precipitate, predestinate, predominate, prefabricate, premeditate, preponderate, prevaricate, procrastinate, prognosticate, proliferate, propitiate, proportionate, quadruplicate, quintuplicate, reciprocate, recriminate, recuperate, redecorate, reduplicate, reeducate, refrigerate, regenerate, regurgitate, reincarnate, reintegrate, reiterate, rejuvenate, remunerate, repatriate, repudiate, resuscitate, retaliate, reticulate, revaluate, reverberate, scholasticate, second estate, self-flagellate, self-immolate, self-pollinate, seventy-eight, sextuplicate, Singapore Strait, sophisticate, subordinate, substantiate, syllabicate, tergiversate, transliterate, triangulate, vanity plate, variegate, vaticinate, vituperate, vociferate



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

Simple Definition of associate

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

Full Definition of associate

  1. 1 :  closely connected (as in function or office) with another

  2. 2 :  closely related especially in the mind

  3. 3 :  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.

14th Century

First Known Use of associate

14th century



noun as·so·ciate \same as 2\

Simple Definition of associate

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  one associated with another: as a :  partner, colleague b :  companion, comrade

  2. 2 a :  an entry-level member (as of a learned society, professional organization, or profession) b :  employee, worker

  3. 3 often capitalized :  a degree conferred especially by a junior college <associate in arts>

as·so·ciate·shipplay \-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


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