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

An Orlando digital publisher has adopted technology distributed by Amazon that makes the stilted robotic voices often associated with text-to-speech services sound more natural. Marco Santana, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando publisher adopts realistic voice technology," 1 Aug. 2019 The specific type of dermatomyositis the man suffered from is called anti–melanoma differentiation–associated protein 5 (anti-MDA5) dermatomyositis. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "The Large, Painful Sores on This Man's Hands Were Caused By An Extremely Rare Inflammatory Disease," 31 July 2019 The number of deaths associated with inclined sleepers has grown since the first recall in April. oregonlive.com, "3rd company recalls inclined infant sleeper after baby deaths," 31 July 2019 There were no injuries associated with the fire, Baxter said. Sophia Kunthara, SFChronicle.com, "Lyft pulls electric bikes from streets after one catches fire," 31 July 2019 Paramount's decision not to extend the deal, which had previously been re-upped regularly, comes as studios all over Hollywood are reducing overhead costs associated with non-writing producers. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Kid Exits the Picture: Robert Evans and Paramount Part Ways After 52 Years (Exclusive)," 30 July 2019 In an Instagram post shared by the makeup mogul on July 16, Jenner revealed that there are difficulties associated with living her life on social media. Lauren Rearick, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Seemingly Unfollowed Jordyn Woods on Instagram," 27 July 2019 So someone outside the tower on the ground might look up and associate the building with a cascading, hanging garden, whereas a viewer at the very top could look out at the horizon and feel the sensation of floating above the clouds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Seaport San Diego tower is like nothing else on California’s coast. That’s the problem," 20 July 2019 This population is particularly vulnerable to going hungry, as many are spending all available funds on costs associated with school, and holding down a full-time job—let alone a lucrative one—can be incredibly difficult. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "Many College Students Are Too Poor to Eat," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Among the Trump associates who have been convicted of crimes are campaign manager Paul Manafort, deputy campaign manager Rick Gates , campaign aide (and later National Security Advisor) Michael Flynn and personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony resolves nothing," 24 July 2019 Some of the legal proceedings sparked by his inquiry are still ongoing, including the forthcoming trial of Trump associate Roger Stone. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Media Missed Mueller’s Clear Case for Impeaching Trump," 24 July 2019 Bird, 38, who is also a basketball operations associate for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, has missed all of the ongoing 2019 WNBA season after undergoing knee surgery earlier this year. SI.com, "One Year Out: What to Watch Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," 24 July 2019 Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "This $52 Bronzer Literally Makes My Skin Look Airbrushed," 18 July 2019 In 2008, Janice Dyer, a research associate at Auburn University, published a study of these actions in Macon County, Alabama. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019 Ryan Wilkins, a 37-year-old sales associate at the Port Orange store, recorded two women using the cameras June 30. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Port Orange auto shop worker told women he’d clean the bathroom for them. Instead, he installed cameras, cops say," 10 July 2019 The Mueller report did not establish a criminal conspiracy between Trump associates and the Kremlin to sway the outcome of the election. Author: Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump jokes to Putin: ‘Don’t meddle in the election’," 28 June 2019 Republicans have long called for an inquiry into whether Trump associates were wrongly targeted for surveillance. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "William Barr Looking Into U.S. Finding That Russia Wanted Trump to Win," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Look for the university to name Cory Chapman, who oversaw athletic facilities at Penn State following some work at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, and Jemal Griffin, who was an assistant AD in football at Penn State, to be senior associate ADs. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Twins’ Max Kepler never dreamed of season this good," 3 Aug. 2019 Gary Pierzynski, associate dean for research and graduate programs at OSU's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said it’s too late to plant with the goal of harvesting. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to sign bill legalizing CBD, hemp: What happens next?," 29 July 2019 The first sinkhole, which is about 5 feet long by 4 feet wide, formed in February in a landscaped area at the back of the campus, said Shannon Soto, associate superintendent of business services,. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sinkholes form at Oceanside school," 29 July 2019 Over time, if the AIA allowed these prep teams to be associate members, AIA teams would start beating them. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Phoenix metro area has suddenly become a hotbed for prep basketball academies," 19 July 2019 The positions that are open right now: Human Exploration and Operations has an associate administrator position that is the head of the human spaceflight elements of NASA. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA administrator on recent personnel shakeup: ‘There’s no turmoil at all’," 12 July 2019 Gerstenmaier had been associate administrator in charge of the human operations and exploration directorate since 2005. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "NASA shake-up leaves space program in confusion," 11 July 2019 Bill Hill, who had served with Gerstenmaier as deputy associate administrator in the human exploration office, was also reassigned. Christian Davenport, BostonGlobe.com, "Shakeup at NASA as space agency scrambles to meet Trump moon mandate," 11 July 2019 The leaks go undetected because few of the wells in the U.S. add mercaptan, a chemical that causes the distinct odor most associate with natural gas. Larry Buhl, The New Republic, "The Toxic-Gas Catastrophe Hiding Beneath Your Home," 8 July 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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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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