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 \ ə-​ˈsō-​shē-​ət-​ˌship How to pronounce associate (audio) , -​sē-​ , -​ˌāt-​ , -​shət-​ \ 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 New Yorkers associate the Japanese island of Hokkaido with excellent sea urchin. New York Times, "17 Restaurants Where New Yorkers Can Make Up for Lost Time," 20 Apr. 2021 Not exactly the kind of shopping haul most people associate with Beverly Hills. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Pioneer Hardware is one of the last reminders that Beverly Hills is more than just a glitzy ZIP Code," 15 Apr. 2021 Myth: Cicadas are locusts When a mass of cicadas shows up outside their home almost as if overnight, some people associate the emergence, much like the plague of locusts outlined in the Bible, with a bad omen. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "No, they won't bite: Debunking 8 common myths about cicadas and the incoming Brood X," 13 Apr. 2021 Many people associate remote work with uncompetitive work like copy-pasting jobs that require lesser professional skills. Yec, Forbes, "Three Popular Remote Work Myths To Leave Behind In 2021," 12 Apr. 2021 Most folks associate Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) with magnificent fall foliage, but don't overlook the spring foliage. Steve Bender, Southern Living, "Spring Surprises from Grumpy’s Garden," 23 Mar. 2021 And people do associate both efficacy results and how the trials were done. Damian Garde, STAT, "Vaccine acceptance expert weighs in on AstraZeneca saga," 19 Mar. 2021 Most people associate the birth of the mullet with the free-flowing 1970s, when guys first dared to go long, or at least longer in the back. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonians are embracing the COVID mullet trend. Yep, mullets are back. And they're spectacular.," 15 Mar. 2021 Most people associate the name Paramount with the mountainous title card that appears before movies. Mae Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Will Paramount+ be a mountain or a molehill in streaming?," 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Isabel Ricker, a senior policy associate for Fresh Energy, which publishes the Energy News Network, said model association bylaws exist in states where HOAs allow solar. Star Tribune, "Minnesota homeowners, solar groups back solar panel bill," 20 Feb. 2021 Experience and Authentic Hendrix sued Leon Hendrix and a business associate for trademark infringement, deceptive acts and false advertising, among other claims. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Jimi Hendrix’s Brother, Niece Found in Contempt of Court for Violating Trademarks," 12 Jan. 2021 Jennie Romer, legal associate for the ocean conservation group Surfrider Foundation’s Plastic Pollution Initiative, said the plastics industry's action led to temporary legislative setbacks for environmental groups. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Plastic bags, forks and containers are everywhere during the pandemic, increasing pollution," 12 Dec. 2020 In early May, the FBI was listening as Kosoko allegedly arranged a meeting on Chicago’s West Side to sell several stimulus checks to an associate for $5,000. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "‘You got them Trump licks?’ Chicago brothers target COVID-19 stimulus checks in scheme to steal mail, feds say," 6 Nov. 2020 Cities should also focus on increasing community wealth by fostering more business development in low-income areas, said Tida Infahsaeng, a senior policy associate for the alliance. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego will focus on ‘food deserts’ in low-income areas," 1 Nov. 2020 District 18 Incumbent Councilwoman Marilyn Parker, R-18th, faces a challenge from Mera Kathryn Corlett, a justice of the peace for Jefferson County and managing and teaching associate for the Commonwealth Theatre Center. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "What Metro Council candidates in 5 races say is key issue, path forward on racial justice," 30 Oct. 2020 Cynthia Murray is a Walmart associate in Laurel, Maryland and founding member of United for Respect, a national nonprofit organization and multiracial movement seeking better treatment of retail workers. Cynthia Murray, Fortune, "If Walmart wants to hear workers’ voices, it should give us a seat at the table," 16 Oct. 2020 The bitcoin blockchain could consume as much energy per year as small to medium-sized countries such as Denmark, Ireland or Bangladesh, according to research from Sinan Kufeogl, civil engineering research associate at the University of Cambridge. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Bitcoin mining in China could soon generate as much carbon emissions as some European countries, study finds," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The new methodology more equally weights measures of safety and quality when determining a hospital’s rating, said Tom Webb, associate vice president of quality analytics at Rush University System for Health. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "How do hospital ratings systems work?," 29 Apr. 2021 On a recent spring day, Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs, Claremont McKenna’s associate vice president for admission and financial aid, showed off the campus to Rhea and her mother, along with two other families from San Diego and Washington, D.C. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, "Now the tables are turned and students get to accept or reject colleges such as UCLA and USC," 19 Apr. 2021 Doug Ruschman, associate vice president for marketing and communications for Xavier University, said there are 22 high schools confirmed to host 31 ceremonies at the Cintas Center in May and June. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Cue 'Pomp and Circumstance': The class of 2021 gears up for high school graduation," 14 Apr. 2021 These stones represent a class of investment quality diamonds that some couples want, says Claibourne Poindexter, Christie’s associate vice president and senior jewelry specialist in New York. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "The Best Kept Secret for Finding Your Dream Engagement Ring," 12 Apr. 2021 UConn’s next police chief will be Gerald Lewis Jr., the current chief of police and associate vice president of public safety at The University of Texas at San Antonio, the university announced Thursday. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "UConn’s new police chief says he is dedicated to ‘providing a safe and inclusive community’," 8 Apr. 2021 Monica Watts, associate vice president for communications at the University of Alabama, said contact tracing is handled by the state's health department. Emily Hopkins, The Indianapolis Star, "County, state investigating COVID-19 exposure after reports of an NCAA fan dying of virus," 3 Apr. 2021 Dykes now works as an HR associate vice president at Cleveland State University. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish’s administration is hemorrhaging talent it spent millions to acquire and keep," 31 Mar. 2021 As the nation emerges from a pandemic and a recession, there will be a lot of urgent needs and limited resources to meet them, says Jessica Thompson, associate vice president at The Institute for College Access & Success. Kelly Field, The Christian Science Monitor, "College affordability, loan forgiveness, and a path to the future," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of associate was in the 14th century

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“Associate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/associate. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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