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associate

verb

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1 to come or be together as friends
  • a socially ambitious couple who joined the country club in order to associate with the right sort of people

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2 to think of (something) in combination
  • she still associates Memorial Day with her long-ago fiancé, who died in Vietnam

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3 to come together to form a single unit
  • the elements hydrogen and oxygen associate to form molecules of water

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4 to form or enter into an association that furthers the interests of its members
  • nations deciding to associate in order to remove trade barriers

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5 to take part in social activities
  • you should try to associate with people your own age

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associate

noun

Synonyms of associate (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a person frequently seen in the company of another
  • a number of his associates were members of organized crime, so he was a person of interest to the FBI

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2 a fellow worker
  • my associates at the office

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associate

adjective

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Frequently Asked Questions About associate

How does the verb associate differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of associate are combine, connect, join, link, relate, and unite. While all these words mean "to bring or come together into some manner of union," associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation.

opera is popularly associated with high society

When would combine be a good substitute for associate?

The words combine and associate can be used in similar contexts, but combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit.

combined jazz and rock to create a new music

When is connect a more appropriate choice than associate?

While the synonyms connect and associate are close in meaning, connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity.

a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations

Where would join be a reasonable alternative to associate?

In some situations, the words join and associate are roughly equivalent. However, join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness.

joined forces in an effort to win

When might link be a better fit than associate?

Although the words link and associate have much in common, link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity.

a name forever linked with liberty

When can relate be used instead of associate?

The meanings of relate and associate largely overlap; however, relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection.

related what he observed to what he already knew

In what contexts can unite take the place of associate?

While in some cases nearly identical to associate, unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity.

the colonies united to form a republic

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

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“Associate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/associate. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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