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- How to pronounce associate (audio) , -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 How to pronounce associate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce associateship (audio) \ 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

Additionally, labor costs and fees associated with preparing the surface are added to the final cost of your concrete pouring project. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Is How Much An Average Concrete Project Will Cost You," 25 Jan. 2019 The costs and connectivity requirements associated with Outpost have yet to be determined. Jason Levitt And Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Amazon Web Services aims to colonize your network with Outpost," 12 Dec. 2018 What are the other costs associated with a rebranding? Eliza Brooke, Vox, "It costs a lot for a huge company like Dunkin’ Donuts to change its name. So what’s the payoff?," 25 Oct. 2018 That included the fees for the device itself and any costs associated with insertion (like that of your visit). Korin Miller, SELF, "13 Things You Absolutely Should Know Before Getting the Copper IUD," 20 July 2018 According to FTD Flowers, these fluffy blooms are most commonly associated with romance, prosperity, and bashfulness. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Traditionally, strict enforcement of antitrust laws has been more associated with Democrats than with Republicans. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai will face lawmakers at a hearing next week," 28 Nov. 2018 The former could take the form of new materials, such as widespread use of aluminum, as well as the tools of war, already in existence or soon to be so closely associated with this conflict—airplanes, machine guns, tanks and submarines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Five Innovations to Emerge From the First World War," 11 Nov. 2018 There’s no social stigma associated with using your phone. Justine Mcdaniel, Philly.com, "One hand on the wheel, one on the phone: Still legal while driving in Pa.," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photo: AP Photo/Susan Walsh Mr. Manafort has been a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging probe of Russian election interference, which has ensnared the former campaign chairman and several other Trump associates. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Manhattan Prosecutors Pursuing Criminal Charges Against Paul Manafort," 22 Feb. 2019 Kenneth Rogers, the associate dean of research in York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design, told Goods reporter Nadra Nittle. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Black Friday, explained by 4 social media “hot takes”," 23 Nov. 2018 The lawsuit also names two ASU employees: Cynthia Lietz, Newell's former supervisor and an associate dean, and Jonathan Koppell, the college's dean. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Former employee sues ASU, claiming violation of federal medical leave law," 19 June 2018 Stone and Caputo's interactions with Greenberg mean that at least 11 Trump associates or campaign officials have acknowledged interactions with a Russian during the election season or presidential transition. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign," 17 June 2018 The former New York mayor’s entry into Trump’s legal team came as Mueller’s investigation was entering its second year and widening to include a growing number of Trump associates. Fortune, "'His Client Is a Circus Master and Rudy Is Dancing.' Mueller's Investigating Team Don't Take Giuliani Seriously," 8 June 2018 Joe Rao serves as an associate at New York's Hayden Planetarium. Joe Rao, Space.com, "Friday the 13th Eclipse Visible to Lucky Few," 11 July 2018 Nash and her top associate, Tom McCaney, focus on more than 70 companies. Courtney Becker, Philly.com, "When Sister Nora talks, her voice is soft, but executives listen," 6 July 2018 In all, four investigations into the prime minister or his closest associates are under way. Matthew Campbell, Bloomberg.com, "Benjamin Netanyahu Could Be Heading for a Fifth Term. Or to Court," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Times’ inquiry is being led internally by associate managing editor Charlotte Behrendt. Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "New York Times investigating Ali Watkins' involvement with official charged with lying to FBI in leak probe," 13 June 2018 Smith had been Seattle’s quarterbacks coach from 2011 to 2017 before moving into a role last season as associate head coach. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks assistant Carl Smith heading to new position with Houston Texans," 5 Feb. 2019 Dimitri Deheyn, an associate researcher with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography’s Marine Biology Research Division, tells Teen Vogue. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "Your Yoga Pants Are Polluting the Water You Drink," 19 Dec. 2018 Business Insider caused something of a kerfuffle by reporting on comments made by Steve Jurczyk, NASA's associate administrator, at The Economist Space Summit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Russia’s nuclear rocket, airspace wars, BFR changes explained," 30 Nov. 2018 Most people associate signing in to your Google account with signing into the Chrome browser, but that’s not always the case. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Here's a way to help protect your browser from Google Chrome's latest privacy snafu," 24 Sep. 2018 They can be emailed to D12.SR133@dot.ca.gov or mailed to Edward Dolan, associate environmental planner, California Department of Transportation, District 12, Division of Environmental Analysis, 1750 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, CA 92705. Bradley Zint, latimes.com, "City and state try to clear up confusion over 2 plans for putting utilities underground along Laguna Canyon Road," 29 June 2018 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

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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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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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