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associate

verb as·so·ci·ate \ ə-ˈsō-shē-ˌāt , -sē- \

Definition of associate

associated; associating
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.

Examples of associate in a Sentence

  1. I no longer wish to be associated with people like him.

  2. She associates herself with some pretty strange people.

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Origin and Etymology of associate

Middle English associat associated, from Latin associatus, past participle of associare to unite, from ad- + sociare to join, from socius companion — more at social

associate Synonyms

Synonyms
chum, company, consociate, consort, fraternize, hang (around or out), hobnob, hook up, mess around, pal (around), run, sort, travel, be friends with, fall in with, keep company (with), rub elbows (with) or rub shoulders (with), take up with
Antonyms
break up, dissever, part, section, separate, sever, split, sunder, unlink
Related Words
affiliate, ally, attach, band, bond, club, collaborate, collude, confederate, conjoin, connect, cooperate, couple, gang, get along, get on, group, interrelate, join, knot, league, link, mingle, mix, rally, relate, side, socialize, team, tie, wed; befriend, friend
Near Antonyms
avoid, cold-shoulder, shun, snub; alienate, estrange; break up, disband, disperse, split (up); disjoin, dissociate, disunite, divorce, sever, split, sunder

Synonym Discussion of associate

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

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associate

noun as·so·ciate \ ə-ˈsō-shē-ət , -sē- , -ˌāt , -shət \

Definition of associate

1 :one associated with another: such as
a :partner, colleague
  • business associates
b :companion, comrade
  • a close associate during his college years
2 a :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

associateship

play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of associate in a Sentence

  1. Her associates respected her for her hard work.

  2. She started as an associate at the law firm.

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associate

adjective as·so·ciate \ same as 2associate \

Definition of associate

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

Examples of associate in a Sentence

  1. He's an associate member of the club but he hopes to become a full member soon.

  2. She was promoted from assistant editor to associate editor and may soon be promoted to senior editor.

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ASSOCIATE Defined for English Language Learners

associate

verb

Definition of associate for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of associate for English Language Learners

  • : having a rank or position that is below the highest level in a group, organization, etc.


associate

noun

Definition of associate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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associate

verb as·so·ci·ate \ ə-ˈsō-shē-ˌāt \

Definition of associate for Students

associated; associating
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.

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associate

adjective as·so·ciate \ ə-ˈsō-shē-ət , -shət \

Definition of associate for Students

:having a rank or position that is below the highest level
  • an associate member of the club

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associate

noun as·so·ciate \ ə-ˈsō-shē-ət , -shət \

Definition of associate for Students

1 :a person who you work with or spend time with
  • business associates

Medical Dictionary

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associate

verb as·so·ci·ate \ ə-ˈsō-s(h)ē-ˌāt \

medical Definition of associate

associated; associating
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

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associate

adjective as·so·ciate \ ə-ˈsō-s(h)ē-ət, -shət, -s(h)ē-ˌāt \

medical Definition of associate

:ranking immediately below the senior or chief position
  • associate clinical professor of medicine
  • associate medical examiner

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associate

noun as·so·ciate \ like \

medical Definition of associate

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 nursing
  • Skagit Valley College Catalog

Law Dictionary

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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