associate

verb
as·​so·​ci·​ate | \ ə-ˈsō-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce associate (audio) , -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 How to pronounce associate (audio) , -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 | \ ə-ˈsō-shē-ət How to pronounce associate (audio) , -sē-, -ˌāt, -shət \

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 \ ə-​ˈsō-​shē-​ət-​ˌship How to pronounce associate (audio) , -​sē-​ , -​ˌāt-​ , -​shət-​ \ 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 Find one that consumers will be able to remember and associate with you. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Outside of the health care domain, Americans are generally hesitant to associate race with genetics, at least publicly. Grace Huckins, Wired, 3 Sep. 2021 Yet Americans, who often associate global warming with melting glaciers and intense heat, are not prepared for the coming deluge. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2021 Around them was wilderness, a dry, slow-growing landscape dominated by grasses, brush and gnarled flowering trees that few people — Brazilians included — associate with a country known for its rainforests and beaches. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2021 Berlusconi used his outsider status to advantage with voters, who had come to associate government with treachery. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Although several community colleges in Texas offer certificates or associate degrees in substance use and abuse counseling, this will be the first such bachelor’s degree in Texas, according to UTA. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 12 Aug. 2021 Gambling athletes do dumb things and associate with bad people. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Aug. 2021 And the Taliban still associate with the group – a violation of their 2020 accord with the U.S. Sher Jan Ahmadzai, The Conversation, 22 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By connecting customers with experts who can answer questions and give thoughtful recommendations creates a valuable experience for on-line customers that replicates the personal service an in-store associate could provide. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 An associate told a judge John M. Pierce was in an accident, then told another judge Pierce was actually on a ventilator, hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a notice prosecutors filed in court in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Aug. 2021 He was killed while traveling in a vehicle with an associate, according to a U.S. official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the attack. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 2021 The news comes a month after Nichols made controversial statements that were recorded during a phone call with an associate. Essence, 26 Aug. 2021 Bannon became an associate at Goldman in 1985, and two years later the firm sent him to the Los Angeles office. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 Woods explained that the team would include a senior communications officer and an associate. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, 2 Aug. 2021 The victims were identified as Bret Ebaugh, a pilot, Ryan and Christine Thomas and Kevin Kvarnlov, an associate at real estate agency Hideaway Properties in La Quinta. Emma Talley, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 July 2021 Taylor, a rising star at ESPN, became the center of a damaging story about diversity inside the company after a July 6 report in the New York Times revealed a private 2020 call between the network’s NBA analyst Rachel Nichols and an associate. Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For animals, ivermectin is commonly used as a dewormer, said Gillian Perkins, associate director of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2021 Please email submissions to Hannah Pasternak, associate director of special projects, at hannah_pasternak@condenast.com. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 9 Sep. 2021 Sean Mehl is the associate director of clinical services for Whole Woman’s Health. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 5 Sep. 2021 The role will be played in this production by Christopher M. Williams, North Coast’s longtime associate artistic director. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2021 Fred Demarest, senior associate athletics director at North Carolina State, knows that this season still comes with questions, with the possibility of limited attendance as issues with the delta variant arise. Alyssa Hertel, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 Just how much the audience will be reduced depends on the pandemic numbers at the time, said associate artistic director Tamara Winters. David Lyman, The Enquirer, 31 Aug. 2021 Blossom was Holy Cross’s athletic director for two years after spending five years at Boston College as senior associate athletic director for business and administration. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Rasheed Malik, an associate director of research at the Center for American Progress, told me that the contagiousness of Delta and cases of breakthrough infections are prompting many child-care providers to reconsider their line of work. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, The Atlantic, 28 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of associate was in the 14th century

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“Associate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/associate. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of associate (Entry 2 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

adjective

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

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

associate

verb
as·​so·​ci·​ate | \ ə-ˈsō-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce associate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce associate (audio) , -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 How to pronounce associate (audio) , -shət \

Kids Definition of associate (Entry 3 of 3)

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

associate

verb
as·​so·​ci·​ate | \ ə-ˈsō-s(h)ē-ˌāt How to pronounce associate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce associate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce associate (audio) \

Legal Definition of associate

: a lawyer employed by a law firm — compare partner

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