WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
as•so•ci•ate /v. əˈsoʊʃiˌeɪt, -si-; n., adj., -ɪt, -ˌeɪt/USA pronunciation   v.,  -at•ed, -at•ing, n., adj. 
  1. to connect or bring together in the mind:[+ object + with + object]I associate rainy days with spring.
  2. to connect or commit (oneself ) as a colleague with another or with a group:[+ oneself + with + object]He refused to associate himself with cheats.
  3. to unite;
    combine: [+ object]Coal was associated with shale.[no object]Coal and shale that associate in layers.
  4. to keep company as a friend, companion, or ally:[+ with + object]wouldn't allow her to associate with anyone who smoked or drank.
  5. to join together as partners or colleagues:[no object]The two groups associated to form a political party.

n. [countable]
  1. a person who shares actively in an enterprise;

adj. [before a noun]
  1. connected or related, esp. as a colleague:an associate judge on the court.
  2. having subordinate status:an associate member of the staff.See -soc-.
    associate is a noun, a verb, and an adjective, association is a noun:She is an associate of mine. She associates with a nice group of people. She is an associate professor. We joined a neighborhood association to help fight crime.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
as•so•ci•ate  (v. ə sōshē āt′, -sē-;n., adj., ə sōshē it, -āt′, -sē-),USA pronunciation v.,  -at•ed, -at•ing, n., adj. 
  1. to connect or bring into relation, as thought, feeling, memory, etc.:Many people associate dark clouds with depression and gloom.
  2. to join as a companion, partner, or ally:to associate oneself with a cause.
  3. to unite;
    combine:coal associated with shale.

  1. to enter into union;
  2. to keep company, as a friend, companion, or ally:He was accused of associating with known criminals.
  3. to join together as partners or colleagues.

  1. a person who shares actively in anything as a business, enterprise, or undertaking;
    fellow worker:He consulted with his associates before proceeding further.
  2. a companion or comrade:my most intimate associates.
  3. a confederate;
    an accomplice or ally:criminal associates.
  4. anything usually accompanying or associated with another;
    an accompaniment or concomitant.
  5. a person who is admitted to a subordinate degree of membership in an association or institution:an associate of the Royal Academy.

  1. connected, joined, or related, esp. as a companion or colleague;
    having equal or nearly equal responsibility:an associate partner.
  2. having subordinate status;
    without full rights and privileges:an associate member.
  3. allied;
as•soci•ate•ship′, n. 
  • Latin associātus joined to, united with (past participle of associāre), equivalent. to as- as- + soci- (see social) + -ātus -ate1; compare Anglo-French associer (verb, verbal), associé (noun, nominal)
  • late Middle English 1400–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged link.
    • 7, 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  acquaintance. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dissociate.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged –9. adversary.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

associate vb /əˈsəʊʃɪˌeɪt; -sɪ-/(usually followed by with)
  1. (transitive) to link or connect in the mind or imagination
  2. (intransitive) to keep company; mix socially: to associate with writers
  3. (intransitive) to form or join an association, group, etc
  4. (tr; usually passive) to consider in conjunction; connect: rainfall is associated with humidity
  5. (transitive) to bring (a person, esp oneself) into friendship, partnership, etc
  6. (tr; often passive) to express agreement or allow oneself to be connected (with): Bertrand Russell was associated with the peace movement
n /əˈsəʊʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt; -sɪ-/
  1. a person joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc; partner; colleague
  2. a companion or friend
  3. something that usually accompanies another thing; concomitant
  4. a person having a subordinate position in or admitted to only partial membership of an institution, association, etc
adj /əˈsəʊʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt; -sɪ-/(prenominal)
  1. joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc; having equal or nearly equal status: an associate director
  2. having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status: an associate member
  3. accompanying; concomitant
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin associāre to ally with, from sociāre to join, from socius an ally

asˈsociable adj asˈsociˌator n asˈsociateˌship n

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