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 While many associate the start of yoga in the U.S. with the hippie movement of the 1960s, it was actually introduced much earlier. NBC News, "White women co-opted pandemic yoga. Now, South Asian instructors are taking it back.," 13 Apr. 2021 Also — and Tina Fey commented on this to me once, too — a lot of people associate the smell of popcorn with fun and movies and stuff. Dan Reilly, Vulture, "A Final Conversation With Anne Beatts," 9 Apr. 2021 That way, pets associate good things with the visitor. Kim Campbell Thornton, Star Tribune, "Stress might have caused the Bidens' dog to bite – how to prevent bites in your house," 2 Apr. 2021 That was true even before the pandemic forced us to stay home and only associate with smaller pods. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "You Can Stop Worrying: The Cheese Board Influencer Economy Is Doing Just Fine!," 1 Apr. 2021 Michelle Zauner centers much of her memoir around something many of us associate with vivid memories: food. Rachel King, Fortune, "10 new books to read in April," 1 Apr. 2021 Far too many people can’t help but associate automation with annoying interactions. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, "3 Trends In Workflow Automation To Keep Up With," 18 Mar. 2021 He was promoted to associate director of Greek Life in 2009, and then again to assistant dean in 2013. Kenny Jacoby, USA TODAY, "LSU administrator gave rapists, stalkers and other Title IX violators slaps on the wrist," 17 Mar. 2021 Electric is a word that a lot of people associate with Pérez. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "'He's electric': Lefty Cionel Pérez making a strong impression in Cincinnati Reds camp," 12 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Through Zoom the kids were able to interact with the Science Center associate, who guided the students through the owl pellet project. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood’s Emerson Elementary School first graders have a hoot with virtual science experience," 7 Apr. 2021 Aaron Welcher, the Indianapolis JCRC’s communications associate, said one aim was to persuade other Jewish communities that genocide was not too big an issue for grassroots group to tackle. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "The next major Jewish action is on behalf of China’s Uighurs," 6 Apr. 2021 The look into Gaetz spun out of an investigation into his associate Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector in Seminole County, Florida. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Matt Gaetz communications director quits amid federal investigation bombshells," 2 Apr. 2021 Desperate to sell his empire, a hedge-fund magnate seeks help from a former associate to cover up a critical error. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 In 1979 he was named the Realtor associate of the year for the valley. New York Times, "Kenneth C. Kelly, Champion of Desegregation in California, Dies at 94," 2 Apr. 2021 In October, Esquibias told PEOPLE the actress was working on her degree at California's Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising after graduating with her associate's degree in 2019. Alexia Fernández, PEOPLE.com, "Amanda Bynes 'Is Doing Great' as She Prepares to Celebrate Her 35th Birthday 'with Family and Friends'," 1 Apr. 2021 Tasting room associate at Brian Arden Wines, Calistoga, Calif. San Francisco Chronicle, "Sponsored: Wine judging panel diversity is a key to competition," 31 Mar. 2021 Gaetz is close with Roger Stone, the infamous Trump and Nixon associate and a practitioner of provocative media stunts and right-wing trolling himself. Steven Lemongello, orlandosentinel.com, "Who is Matt Gaetz? Florida congressman under sex trafficking probe is ‘a professional troll’," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That was a strategic decision too, said John Hollway, associate dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Kathleen Foody, ajc, "EXPLAINER: Why would an expert witness go without pay?," 9 Apr. 2021 Alex Susskind, the associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Hotel Administration, presented the program proposal at the February meeting, making his case for establishing the relationship between Cornell and Peking. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, "Cornell faculty senate votes down proposed degree partnership with Chinese university," 2 Apr. 2021 With a high immigrant population, Asian Americans face barriers beyond just language, Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of the University of California Riverside School of Public Policy and founder of AAPI Data, said. NBC News, "Asian American voter rates in Georgia hit record high. How voting bill threatens progress.," 31 Mar. 2021 Lindstrom first came to MiraCosta in 2017 as associate dean of Career Technical Education and previously was director of the Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research for the San Diego and Imperial County region. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "MiraCosta names new administrators," 26 Mar. 2021 Patricia Crain de Galarce is associate dean of Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education, overseeing the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity. BostonGlobe.com, "How to talk to kids about gun violence," 26 Mar. 2021 Before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Liu served as professor of law and associate dean at the UC Berkeley School of Law, and has expertise in constitutional law and education law and policy. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "One of these people could be Newsom’s pick for California attorney general," 22 Mar. 2021 If the energy grids are not better-prepared for these weather events, low-income communities who bore the brunt of the Texas blackout will have to do the same again, said Varun Rai, associate dean for research at the University of Texas at Austin. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Experts argue for federal government to help bolster energy grid in Texas blackout fallout," 18 Mar. 2021 University of Texas president Jay Hartzell and Dr. Richard Reddick, associate dean for equity, community engagement and outreach in the College of Education, took part in a 35-minute Zoom question-and-answer with reporters from around the state. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: 'The Eyes of Texas' had 'no racist intent,' UT panel says. Now what?," 10 Mar. 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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21 Apr 2021

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“Associate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/associate. Accessed 21 Apr. 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)

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 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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