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

But once people started putting a name on it and a few people got popular, then all of a sudden there was a sound that people were associating with that. Max Cea, Billboard, "'Sorry to Bother You' Director Boots Riley on Working With Tune-Yards and Breaking the Rules of Soundtracks," 13 July 2018 After trying several contacts, Kelli Castillo made a desperate phone call to associate psychology professor Amy Van Hecke. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Specialized program for Marquette undergraduates with autism disorders gifted $450,000, set to launch fall 2019," 9 July 2018 Much like his predecessor, Wheeler is known for associating with people who do not believe in climate change science. Linley Sanders, Teen Vogue, "5 Things to Know About Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler," 8 July 2018 These are the images, which is what people associate with National Geographic in the first place. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Nat Geo executives Courteney Monroe, Rachel Webber and Susan Goldberg on Recode Decode," 6 July 2018 The other system is a concentrated area of showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave several hundred miles off the coast of Africa. Doug Phillips, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Holiday will not be independent of thunder boomers; and a look at the tropics," 4 July 2018 Trump has name-dropped the gang constantly in recent weeks in an effort to raise fear about Latinx immigrants, exaggerating the gangs’ presence in the U.S. and falsely associating incoming migrants with MS-13. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Watch: Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Implores Americans to 'Turn America Upside Down to Set it Right Side Up'," 1 July 2018 Once the animals learned to associate the area with easy calories, Marsh said, their fate was sealed. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Trash-eating bears in Eagle River killed by Fish and Game," 19 June 2018 However, the rating was commonly associated with physical attractiveness. Joel Shannon, ajc, "RateMyProfessors.com drops 'chili pepper' rating after social media backlash," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mark Daily has joined Premier Sotheby's International Realty, Winter Park, as an associate. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "People on the move 07/13," 12 July 2018 Togliatti presided over the 2007 trial in which a Nevada jury decided Dozier should die for murder convictions in Arizona and Nevada in separate slayings of drug-trade associates, according to court records. Ken Ritter, USA TODAY, "Nevada execution in doubt after pharmaceutical company lawsuit," 11 July 2018 Togliatti presided over the 2007 trial in which a Nevada jury decided Dozier should die for murder convictions in Arizona and Nevada in separate slayings of drug-trade associates, according to court records. NBC News, "Nevada execution in doubt after drug company sues to stop it," 11 July 2018 Togliatti presided over the 2007 trial in which a Nevada jury decided Dozier should die for murder convictions in Arizona and Nevada in separate slayings of drug-trade associates, according to court records. Ken Ritter, Time, "A Drug Company Is Suing to Stop Its Drug From Being Used in a Nevada Execution," 11 July 2018 Togliatti presided over the 2007 trial in Nevada in which a jury decided Dozier should die for murder convictions in Arizona and Nevada in separate slayings of drug-trade associates, according to court records. Ken Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Drug company’s lawsuit could derail Nevada execution," 10 July 2018 Awan and four of his associates, including family members, worked as IT specialists for dozens of Democratic lawmakers until they were banned from the computer network in February 2017 for allegedly violating House security rules. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-congressional IT staffer’s plea deal debunks conspiracy theories Trump, others promoted," 4 July 2018 Awan and four of his associates, including family members, worked as IT specialists for dozens of Democratic lawmakers until they were banned from the computer network in February 2017 for allegedly violating House security rules. Shawn Boburg, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Former Wasserman Schultz aide Imran Awan reaches plea deal that debunks conspiracy theories about illegal information access," 3 July 2018 Even before Pruitt took the helm of the EPA, however, some of his own associates had tried to head off potential ethics issues, according to four individuals familiar with the matter. chicagotribune.com, "Pruitt aides reveal new details of his spending and management at EPA," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Steve Jurczyk was recently made the acting associate administrator of NASA, potentially in preparation for Lightfoot's retirement. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot to Retire," 12 Mar. 2018 Livreri has spent the past seven years as an assistant at Utah, including the past two as the Utes’ associate head coach. Michael Lycklama, idahostatesman, "New Boise State softball coach ‘can take this program to the next level’," 5 July 2018 Reirden had been on Trotz’s staff the past four years, including the past two as associate coach. BostonGlobe.com, "New sexual assault charges against Larry Nassar in Texas," 29 June 2018 Every Monday, Bailey's inbox had notes from either head coach Steve Wojciechowski or associate head coach Stan Johnson. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Remember Brendan Bailey? The heralded Marquette freshman is back from a two-year Mormon mission," 28 June 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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