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 associateship (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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Frank Pallotta, CNN, "Why Disney+ is now a blessing and a burden for Disney," 6 May 2020 Not since Monsieur Guillotin came up with a device for making decapitation more user-friendly has an individual been so closely associated with a product. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Enduring Romance of the Night Train," 4 May 2020 In mid-April, Amoeba announced the creation of a GoFundMe page as a way to offset costs associated with the COVID-19 shutdown. Los Angeles Times, "Amoeba Music won’t reopen original Sunset Boulevard store: ‘We have no choice’," 27 Apr. 2020 Half of the funds must go to students through emergency grants, while universities may use the other half to cover costs associated with the coronavirus. Jennifer Smola, Cincinnati.com, "COVID-19 pandemic costing Ohio colleges millions," 26 Apr. 2020 Winner is responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes, if any, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided. Ew Staff, EW.com, "Never Rarely Sometimes Always sweepstakes official rules: Win a free streaming code," 23 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This account of Reade’s life is based on interviews with more than a dozen of her friends, relatives and personal and professional associates, as well as numerous interviews with Reade. Anchorage Daily News, "Biden accuser’s life marred by abuse and financial hardship," 22 May 2020 Martin, 28, recalled a recent incident in which a man approached a store associate, wagging a finger in his face and raising a fist. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "When store workers are forced to turn sheriff," 20 May 2020 Interested parties can call Michael Tran, sales associate, at 832-382-9988. Houston Chronicle, "HomeAid Houston salutes GHBA Benefit Homes Project’s 40th year of giving back," 16 May 2020 After the game ended, Thompson called up one of his closest associates, Jay Hedges, director of the state’s Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. At A Great Price, ProPublica, "Sears’ Headquarters Was Supposed to Turn a Sleepy Suburb Into a Boomtown. It Never Happened.," 15 May 2020 In February, Barr also ordered prosecutors to reduce their sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, a longtime Trump associate, who like Flynn was prosecuted as a result of the Mueller investigation. Chris Strohm, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Revives ‘Obamagate’ Conspiracy on Moves by Grenell, Barr," 15 May 2020 Employees working hourly schedules include store associates, those working in supply chain and offices, drivers, and assistant managers. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Walmart and Sam's Club boosting cash bonuses for hourly employees during pandemic," 12 May 2020 In all three matters, subpoenas were issued to Trump’s associates, not to the president directly. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Will the US Supreme Court let Trump keep his many secrets?," 10 May 2020 The burden of facing this system is explored in candid interviews with associates, close family members and clients. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "2 films with Alabama ties among nominees for Peabody Awards," 7 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Crowe, the museum’s former associate educator, and Fijalkovich, the former library and archives manager, were laid off from the museum March 30. cleveland, "Recording backs former Akron Art Museum employee’s claim she reported allegation about museum in 2019," 23 May 2020 Formerly the university's pastor, Pollard first met Richard in 1978, at a Los Angeles evangelist meeting at which Richard was associate evangelist. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "What it was like being at Little Richard’s funeral," 21 May 2020 While most people probably associate controller aim assist with console players, the situation that has pros complaining is about those plugging a controller into the PC version of the game. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Controller pros are dominating PC Fortnite thanks to “overpowered” aim assist," 20 May 2020 At Grand Valley, that means looking at more single-person rooms than normal, said Andy Beachnau, associate vice provost of student affairs and director of housing and health services. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan colleges have to find way to safely house thousands of students on campus," 16 May 2020 Offstage With the Los Angeles Master Chorale Artistic director Grant Gershon and associate conductor Jenny Wong chat with acclaimed theater artist Peter Sellars in this new installment. 5 p.m. Friday; available anytime afterward. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Phil’s 100th birthday bash: Your quarantine must-watch of the day," 8 May 2020 Taylor, who is finishing up the school year as associate principal at the South Campus, will move into Davis’ current role for the 2020-2021 school term. Carissa Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Familiar faces to be in new leadership roles at Deer Park High," 5 May 2020 President Trump last month nominated Brian D. Miller, a special assistant to the president and senior associate counsel in the White House, to serve as special inspector general for pandemic recovery. ... Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Lawmakers Question Trump Nominee to Oversee $500 Billion Coronavirus Stimulus," 5 May 2020 Many African Americans closely associate segregation and Jim Crow with water: drinking from different water fountains, swimming in different pools, being blasted with fire hoses. Sarah Bowman, IndyStar, "The White River: Life was once much different in what is today the posh Canal District," 2 May 2020

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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 4 Jun. 2020.

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associate

verb
How to pronounce associate (audio)

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
How to pronounce associate (audio)

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
How to pronounce associate (audio)

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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