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as•so•ci•ate /v. əˈsoʊʃiˌeɪt, -si-; n., adj., -ɪt, -ˌeɪt/USA pronunciation
v., -at•ed, -at•ing, n., adj. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- to connect or bring together in the mind:[~ + object + with + object]I associate rainy days with spring.
- to connect or commit (oneself ) as a colleague with another or with a group:[~ + oneself + with + object]He refused to associate himself with cheats.
- to unite;
combine: [~ + object]Coal was associated with shale.[no object]Coal and shale that associate in layers.
- to keep company as a friend, companion, or ally:[~ + with + object]wouldn't allow her to associate with anyone who smoked or drank.
- to join together as partners or colleagues:[no object]The two groups associated to form a political party.
adj. [before a noun]
- a person who shares actively in an enterprise;
- connected or related, esp. as a colleague:an associate judge on the court.
- 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.
(v. ə sō′shē āt′, -sē-;n., adj., ə sō′shē it, -āt′, -sē-),USA pronunciation v., -at•ed, -at•ing, n., adj. v.t.
- to connect or bring into relation, as thought, feeling, memory, etc.:Many people associate dark clouds with depression and gloom.
- to join as a companion, partner, or ally:to associate oneself with a cause.
- to unite;
combine:coal associated with shale.
- to enter into union;
- to keep company, as a friend, companion, or ally:He was accused of associating with known criminals.
- to join together as partners or colleagues.
- a person who shares actively in anything as a business, enterprise, or undertaking;
fellow worker:He consulted with his associates before proceeding further.
- a companion or comrade:my most intimate associates.
- a confederate;
an accomplice or ally:criminal associates.
- anything usually accompanying or associated with another;
an accompaniment or concomitant.
- a person who is admitted to a subordinate degree of membership in an association or institution:an associate of the Royal Academy.
- connected, joined, or related, esp. as a companion or colleague;
having equal or nearly equal responsibility:an associate partner.
- having subordinate status;
without full rights and privileges:an associate member.
- 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.
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associate vb /əˈsəʊʃɪˌeɪt; -sɪ-/(usually followed by with)
n /əˈsəʊʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt; -sɪ-/
- (transitive) to link or connect in the mind or imagination
- (intransitive) to keep company; mix socially: to associate with writers
- (intransitive) to form or join an association, group, etc
- (tr; usually passive) to consider in conjunction; connect: rainfall is associated with humidity
- (transitive) to bring (a person, esp oneself) into friendship, partnership, etc
- (tr; often passive) to express agreement or allow oneself to be connected (with): Bertrand Russell was associated with the peace movement
adj /əˈsəʊʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt; -sɪ-/(prenominal)
- a person joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc; partner; colleague
- a companion or friend
- something that usually accompanies another thing; concomitant
- a person having a subordinate position in or admitted to only partial membership of an institution, association, etc
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin associāre to ally with, from sociāre to join, from socius an allyasˈsociable adj asˈsociˌator n asˈsociateˌship n
- joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc; having equal or nearly equal status: an associate director
- having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status: an associate member
- accompanying; concomitant
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