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

As former Trump White House associates continue to fall like snowflakes on a winter day in the Mueller investigation, the wildly sunny White House Christmas portrait might be another attempt to keep spirits looking bright. Vogue, "What's Up With This Year's Surreal White House Christmas Portrait?," 18 Dec. 2018 In Poland, where a global conference on climate change is currently taking place, coal advocates and Trump associates are trying to play up coal's role as a viable energy option for the future. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "As US coal use drops to 1979 levels, EPA may ease rules on new coal plants," 5 Dec. 2018 Many people, including Jo-Ann, associate Trump's hate speech with the bright-red MAGA hat. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Student Arrested on Battery Charges After Removing MAGA Hat From Classmate's Head," 29 Aug. 2018 Stzok, who was assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and ties to Trump associates, was ultimately dismissed from the team over the exchanges. CBS News, "FBI's Peter Strzok testifies on anti-Trump bias before House panel -- live updates," 12 July 2018 Media: Euronews The college offers certificates, associate degrees and incumbent worker training in the areas of process technology, instrumentation, nondestructive testing and electrical. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Education, training crucial to energy industry success," 8 July 2018 His extensive contacts allowed him to bring in speakers from Trump associate Roger Stone, to former TV personalities Nancy Grace and Susan Candiotti. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca Raton public relations expert Barry Epstein dies at 76," 5 July 2018 Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort faces multiple indictments as a result of the probe, which has ensnared multiple Trump associates. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Russia-bound Sen. Moran plans to tell Putin that election interference ‘unacceptable’," 29 June 2018 Greenberg stands accused by Trump associates of trying to peddle derogatory information about Hillary Clinton to Trump's organization for a cool $2 million. David Smiley And Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Mystery Miamian tied to Trump probe had many names, foul mouth, 2 DUI busts," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Wes Waggoner, associate vice president for enrollment management at Southern Methodist University, suggests reviewing prospective colleges’ anti-discrimination policies. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "How to Find the Right College for LGBTQ Students," 11 Oct. 2018 The university’s associate vice president for communications, Monica Watts, said that Threadgill has been banned from the school’s campus. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Alabama student arrested for allegedly pulling down female jogger's pants, stealing women's underwear," 2 Oct. 2018 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

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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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