associate

verb
as·​so·​ci·​ate | \ə-ˈsō-shē-ˌāt, -sē-\
associated; associating

Definition of associate 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to join as a partner, friend, or companion They were closely associated with each other during the war.

2 : to join or connect together : combine particles of gold associated with heavy minerals

3 : to bring together or into relationship in any of various intangible ways (as in memory or imagination) She will always associate that place with her youth.

4 obsolete : to keep company with : attend

intransitive verb

1 : to come or be together as partners, friends, or companions was accused of associating with known criminals

2 : to combine or join with other parts : unite Protons, neutrons, and electrons associate together to form atoms.

associate

noun
as·​so·​ciate | \ə-ˈsō-shē-ət, -sē-, -ˌāt, -shət\

Definition of associate (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : one associated with another: such as

a : partner, colleague business associates

b : companion, comrade a close associate during his college years

2a : an entry-level member (as of a learned society, professional organization, or profession) an associate of the Royal Academy

b : employee, worker

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

associate

adjective
as·​so·​ciate | \ same as 2associate \

Definition of associate (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : closely connected (as in function or office) with another : sharing in responsibility or authority associate judges

2 : having secondary or subordinate status associate membership in a society

3 : closely related especially in the mind faith and its associate virtues

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Other Words from associate

Noun

associateship \ -​ˌship \ noun

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Verb

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

Examples of associate in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

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

Adjective

He's an associate member of the club but he hopes to become a full member soon. She was promoted from assistant editor to associate editor and may soon be promoted to senior editor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Your body associates bright light with waking up and avoiding it can help you - and your baby - drift back to sleep more easily after a feeding. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Baby sleep: 7 tips for surviving the first few months," 12 July 2018 Traditionally, however, being associated with such clothes — which bridge age, size and sectors — has not been the fantasy of elite athletes. New York Times, "Roger Federer Wants to Win a New Game," 12 July 2018 Those customer accounts will remain blocked until the customer changes the password associated with the profile, according to the letter. Caroline Blackmon, USA TODAY, "Macy's warns customers of online data breach," 11 July 2018 Particular attitudes and milestones are no longer necessarily associated with reaching certain birthdays. Sari Botton, Longreads, "Introducing ‘Fine Lines,’ a Series About Age and Aging," 10 July 2018 Wimbledon is best associated with two delights: Pimm’s No. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Feeling Peckish at Wimbledon? Order These Quintessentially British Courtside Snacks," 6 July 2018 Many of its founders were associated with the University of Notre Dame, the Catholic college where Barrett both studied and taught. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Amy Coney Barrett criticized for ties to People of Praise: A look at the group," 6 July 2018 The Spurs’ medical team — renowned for its expertise and longstanding willingness to place the players’ interests first — diagnosed Leonard with tendinopathy, an injury associated with overuse, and recommended rest. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "In Spurs’ saga, explanations remain elusive," 4 July 2018 Facebook's system automatically associated the word with the former presidents of that family name, flagging them as political and blocking them, pending verification of the advertiser's identity. Sarah Frier, Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook’s algorithm blocks ads for Bush’s beans, singers named Clinton," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Mackenzie Long, Teen Vogue, "What Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Could Mean for Women, Gun Control, and More," 8 Oct. 2018 Getty ImagesNBC On Saturday, members of the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Saturday Night Live's' Locker Room Sketch About Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Is Too Real," 7 Oct. 2018 The company plans to hire about 3,500 seasonal customer service associates in all. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "Williams-Sonoma Is Hiring For Thousands Of Work-From-Home Positions," 28 Aug. 2018 Mueller and a team of prosecutors have been working since May 2017 to determine if any Trump associates conspired with Russia to interfere in the election. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "Mueller indicts 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly conspiring to hack 2016 U.S. presidential election," 13 July 2018 Total tuition for a bachelor’s degree is around $92,000, while an associate’s costs around $48,000. Annabelle Williams, Philly.com, "Art Institute of Philadelphia closing leaves students and employees with hard decisions," 12 July 2018 In June 2018, Mueller's team brought additional charges of obstruction of justice against Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Who's been charged by Mueller in the Russia probe so far?," 13 July 2018 The organization said speakers will include pro-Brexit politician Nigel Farage — an associate of Trump’s. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "President Donald Trump arrives to Britain in 'turmoil'," 12 July 2018 Documents relating to Christian Dawkins, who reportedly worked as an associate for Miller at ASM Sports, also were requested in the subpoena. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland receives two subpoenas in FBI investigation into college basketball corruption," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Steven Guilino, associate pastor of St. Mary Church, offered a prayer, and both First Selectman Todd Babbitt and State Rep. Kevin Skulczyck offered words of encouragement to the young athletes. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Parade, Festivities Mark Little League Opening Day," 8 May 2018 From 1979-91, the Harpers served as associate pastors of Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. Greg Garrison, AL.com, "Barbara Harper quietly blazed trail: first woman Methodist district leader," 5 Apr. 2018 In them were Mendoza, Ricky, attorney Wang, minister Ortiz, associate church pastor Eduardo Ortiz and immigrant advocates Don Sherman and his wife, Melody Kawamoto. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "A jailhouse wedding as deportation looms: `I am ready ... for whatever comes next.'," 8 Feb. 2018 Lakewood Church's associate pastor, best-selling author, and resident reality TV star will become the new senior pastor of Redemption Church in Greenville. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Lakewood Church's John Gray defends the wealth of high-profile pastors," 24 Jan. 2018 No matter what the market looks like, sellers can’t afford to get too comfortable, said Alyssia Essig, associate broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty and president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors. Reema Amin, baltimoresun.com, "Housing indicators reflect strong seller's market in Baltimore region," 13 July 2018 Black women were among hundreds of protesters who rallied on Monday night and Tuesday morning outside the Supreme Court after President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland to be an associate justice of the nation’s highest court. Essence.com, "Black Women Come Out In Droves To Protest Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 12 July 2018 In a separate development on Monday, authorities added former president Asif Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur, close associate Anwar Majeed and several others to a travel ban list. Munir Ahmed, The Seattle Times, "Pakistan opposition leader Khan unveils election platform," 9 July 2018 Lightfoot left Huntsville to become associate administrator of NASA, the highest-ranking civil service position in the agency. Lee Roop, AL.com, "With no administrator, NASA now losing acting administrator," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of associate

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for associate

Verb

Middle English associat associated, from Latin associatus, past participle of associare to unite, from ad- + sociare to join, from socius companion — more at social

Noun

see associate entry 1

Adjective

see associate entry 1

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More Definitions for associate

associate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of associate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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.

associate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of associate (Entry 2 of 3)

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

associate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of associate (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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

associate

verb
as·​so·​ci·​ate | \ə-ˈsō-shē-ˌāt \
associated; associating

Kids Definition of associate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to join or come together as partners, friends, or companions He associates with some interesting people.

2 : to connect in thought I associate hot chocolate with winter.

associate

adjective
as·​so·​ciate | \ə-ˈsō-shē-ət, -shət\

Kids Definition of associate (Entry 2 of 3)

: having a rank or position that is below the highest level an associate member of the club

associate

noun
as·​so·​ciate | \ə-ˈsō-shē-ət, -shət\

Kids Definition of associate (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a person who you work with or spend time with business associates

associate

verb
as·​so·​ci·​ate | \ə-ˈsō-s(h)ē-ˌāt \
associated; associating

Medical Definition of associate 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to join or connect (things) together

2 : to bring together in a relationship infectious disease associated with a rise in body temperature

intransitive verb

1 : to combine or join with other parts fibrils of the sensory neurons associate with motor neurons— S. J. Jacob & C. A. Francone

2 : to engage in free association the patient associated freely about his childhood

associate

adjective
as·​so·​ciate | \ə-ˈsō-s(h)ē-ət, -shət, -s(h)ē-ˌāt \

Medical Definition of associate (Entry 2 of 3)

: ranking immediately below the senior or chief position associate clinical professor of medicine associate medical examiner

associate

noun
as·​so·​ciate | \like\

Medical Definition of associate (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a research worker or teacher affiliated with a professional organization or institution and ranking below a professor or full member a research associate in pathology

2 often capitalized : a degree conferred especially by a junior college an Associate in Technical Arts degree in nursingSkagit Valley College Catalog

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associate

noun
as·​so·​ciate | \ə-ˈsō-shē-ət, -sē-ət, -shət \

Legal Definition of associate 

: a lawyer employed by a law firm — compare partner

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