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 \ -​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

The Trump 2020 campaign and associated committees raked in $54 million in the second quarter of the year, while the Republican National Committee raised another $51 million. NBC News, "Trump's re-election efforts announce $105 million fundraising haul," 2 July 2019 This isn't the first time the cast has been associated with drama. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Ian Somerhalder's Love Life," 1 July 2019 Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. Hilary Hughes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Taylor Swift Rips Scooter Braun Acquiring Her Big Machine Catalog: "This Is My Worst Case Scenario"," 30 June 2019 Many travel rewards credit cards are associated with a specific airline or hotel chain. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Credit Cards With Transferable Points," 26 June 2019 The drug is also associated with transient increases in blood pressure. STAT, "The FDA erred in approving new women’s libido drug; don’t reward Palatin Technologies," 24 June 2019 Dos Gringos currently has three locations in Mesa, Tempe and Chandler and is not associated with Old Town Gringos or Glass Half Full Hospitality. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "What's next for the Old Town Gringos building in downtown Scottsdale after sudden closure?," 21 June 2019 Technology can lead to much greater ease and help us live better lives, but it's also been associated with increased anxiety, depression, and has begun to impact physical health. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Study Shows Poor Posture From Smartphone Use Could Be Causing Young People to Grow "Horns"," 20 June 2019 And while the problem is often associated with older people, the 2018 BBC Loneliness Experiment found that 40% of 16- to 24-year-olds also reported feeling lonely. The Christian Science Monitor, "A global moment for the #MeToo movement," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The proceedings follow a wave of criminal charges against Mr. Najib and his associates stemming from investigations into the embezzlement of billions of dollars from the state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd., or 1MDB. Bradley Hope, WSJ, "‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producer Is Charged With Money Laundering in 1MDB Scandal," 5 July 2019 Consider, Greely suggested, the case of the Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero and his associate, the Chinese scientist Xiaoping Ren, who claim to have transplanted a head from one cadaver to another. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong?," 2 July 2019 Our associates work hard every day to serve our customers. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Texas Walmart Bans Woman Who Ate Half a Cake in Store ⁠— and Demanded Half Off the Price," 1 July 2019 President Donald Trump enacted the new sanctions on Monday against Khamenei and his associates. Nasser Karimi, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump threatens Iran with ‘obliteration’ after country criticizes new sanctions," 25 June 2019 Trump enacted the new sanctions on Monday against Khamenei and his associates. Nasser Karimi, Fortune, "Iran's President Describes White House as 'Afflicted by Mental Retardation'," 25 June 2019 Gonzalez, who graduated with his associate of science degree in general math and science this May, also walked away from his time at Lone Star College with awards. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Montgomery County education briefs for week of June 17-24," 24 June 2019 The 36-year-old started working toward her associate of arts degree at Yakima Valley College in Toppenish in 2011 before getting pulled away to work. Janelle Retka, The Seattle Times, "‘I feel very proud’: Immigrant parents’ dreams come true as 12 kids finish high school — and beyond," 21 June 2019 When decisions are made, the first two criteria considered are the long-term best interests for our associates and our clients. Mike Peticca, cleveland.com, "Secrets to success given by a decade of past winners: Top Workplaces 2019," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Though the industry was expecting another subsidy after a disappointing FAME 2, the government could not have doled out cash considering its slipping fiscal deficit, said Puneet Gupta, associate director with global information provider IHS Markit. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Incentives announced in India’s union budget may not do much for electric vehicles," 5 July 2019 His father, Abraham, was in the garment business, and his mother, Esther Edelman Levine, was a professor and associate dean of psychology at Queens College. Neil Genzlinger, BostonGlobe.com, "Robert Levine, who studied kindness, identity, and time," 4 July 2019 His father, Abraham, was in the garment business, and his mother, Esther Edelman Levine, was a professor and associate dean of psychology at Queens College. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Robert Levine, Who Studied Kindness, Identity and Time, Dies at 73," 3 July 2019 Susana Abreu Ribeiro is associate director for Cairn Biosciences, a biotech company based in San Francisco that registered a Paris branch in November 2018. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Paris is pitching itself as the next-best thing for tech startups," 3 July 2019 Administration buildings teem with associate deputy deans for diversificlusion, and schools compete to have the most climbing walls per capita. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Bernie Sanders’ Old Free College Try," 24 June 2019 Maximilian Auffhammer is a professor in sustainable development and associate dean of social sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Maximilian Auffhammer, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Install more parking — not just solar panels — at commuter rail stations," 13 June 2019 On Wednesday night, there will be a panel with Greear, Denhollander, Bible teacher Beth Moore and Susan Condone, senior associate dean of academic affairs of Mercer University School of Medicine. Fox News, "Southern Baptist Convention grapples with sex abuse, women in leadership ahead of annual meeting," 11 June 2019 Prior to appearing on the hit competition show, Tim spent many years in the world of academia, working as associate dean and then Fashion Department Chair at Parsons School of Design. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Where Is Tim Gunn From 'Project Runway'? This Is the Real Reason He Left the Show," 14 Mar. 2019

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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

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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