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
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

The practice was unfamiliar to consumers, but now it will likely be associated with Burberry for a while. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Houseflies carry more pathogens than cockroaches, including many that cause diarrhea and are associated with more than 500,000 deaths a year. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 Various studies over recent years suggest that vitamin D is associated with lowering your chances of developing different forms of cancer, including breast, colon, bladder, and liver. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "What Is Vitamin D Good For Anyway?," 19 Oct. 2018 Quickly, people across the globe pointed out the jarring image, as pith helmets have long been associated with colonial rule, particularly in Africa and parts of Asia and the Middle East, and are considered a symbol of oppression. Ana Colón, Glamour, "First Lady Melania Trump Draws Criticism for Wearing a Pith Helmet During Tour of Africa," 5 Oct. 2018 Leon's arrest affidavit indicates he was associated with the planning of the murder-for-hire. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Third suspect in Texas teen's alleged murder-for-hire plot of father is arrested," 13 July 2018 The lapses in concentration with which he was frequently associated with during his first spell at Chelsea had disappeared, as Luiz became an integral part of Antonio Conte's side. SI.com, "Chelsea Defender Rules Out Joining Portuguese Giants But Leaves Door Open for Exit," 8 July 2018 The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Three Percenters as an anti-government group, though they've been associated in the past year at demonstrations with white nationalists. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police close roads to prevent disruption of immigration protest," 7 July 2018 Vardavar was originally associated with the goddess Astghik, Tsaturyan says. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "The Point of Armenia’s Splashy Holiday is Getting Wet," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Patrick Murray, the associate legislative director at Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, told me. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The VA’s latest issues paying student veterans their benefits, explained," 11 Dec. 2018 The parent and child were separated at a legal port of entry, said Matthew Albence, executive associate director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration reunites just over half of young separated children, says the rest are ineligible," 12 July 2018 Motl Didner, the Folksbiene’s associate artistic director, provided recordings in Yiddish and Dropbox files for each actor’s part so the performers could learn to properly handle the language’s inflections. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "How Do You Say ‘Tradition’ in Yiddish?," 11 July 2018 But in a way, that, too, is a normal state of affairs for Trump and his associates. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018 Cohen sentencing has some pundits declaring that the various trials of his disgraced associates could actually start to spell the downfall of the president himself. Vogue, "Michael Cohen Gets 3 Years in Prison. What Are the Implications for Donald Trump?," 12 Dec. 2018 The YouTube strike came with a ban on using the platform’s live-streaming features for 90 days — so Jones simply began appearing on the live streams of his associates, such as Ron Gibson. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How conspiracy sites keep outsmarting big tech companies," 28 July 2018 The charge that Russians carried out the email theft is not a terribly surprising one, nor does it by itself suggest serious legal jeopardy for President Trump or his associates. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Mueller’s New Indictment Points to Collusion With Russia," 13 July 2018 While Abramovich is most likely capable of running the club from abroad, this new level of scrutiny under which he and his associates are being placed could force him to reconsider his options. SI.com, "How Roman Abramovich Lost His Grip on English Football & What it Means for Chelsea Moving Forward," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Wayne Beutler, associate director of the Army’s Ground Vehicle Survivability project, said the program is now yielding results, in part by figuring out why previous programs didn’t deliver. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Powerful Antitank Missiles Put U.S. Forces in Middle East at Risk," 2 Jan. 2019 Her prior position was as associate director for general government programs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a position that oversees the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. Emily Stewart, Vox, "New CFPB director reverses Mick Mulvaney’s pettiest move as acting director," 20 Dec. 2018 Having those stem cells and tissues primed helps healing, says Fabrisia Ambrosio, associate director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Cheryl Stritzel Mccarthy, WSJ, "What You Need to Do Before Having Knee Surgery," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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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, Noun, and Adjective

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

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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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