Definitions for Associateəˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪt, -si-; -ɪt, -ˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

as•so•ci•ate*əˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪt, -si-; -ɪt, -ˌeɪt(v.; n., adj.; n.; adj.)-at•ed, -at•ing

  1. (v.t.)to connect or bring into relation in thought, feeling, memory, etc.:

    to associate rainy days with depression.

  2. to align or commit (oneself) as a companion, partner, or colleague.

  3. to unite; combine:

    coal associated with shale.

  4. (v.i.)to keep company as a friend, companion, or ally.

  5. to join together as partners or colleagues.

  6. to enter into union; unite.

  7. (n.)a person who shares actively in an enterprise; partner; colleague; coworker.

  8. a companion; comrade.

  9. anything usu. accompanying or associated with another; accompaniment; concomitant.

  10. a person admitted to a subordinate degree of membership in an association or institution.

  11. (adj.)connected, joined, or related, esp. as a companion or colleague; having equal or nearly equal responsibility.

  12. having subordinate status; without full rights and privileges:

    an associate member.

  13. allied; concomitant.

* Syn: See acquaintance.

Origin of associate:

1400–50; < L associātus, ptp. of associāre to join <as-as-+sociāre to attach <socius companion (cf. social )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. associate(noun)

    a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor

    "he had to consult his associate before continuing"

  2. companion, comrade, fellow, familiar, associate(noun)

    a friend who is frequently in the company of another

    "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"

  3. associate(noun)

    a person with subordinate membership in a society, institution, or commercial enterprise

    "associates in the law firm bill at a lower rate than do partners"

  4. associate(noun)

    any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another

    "first was the lightning and then its thunderous associate"

  5. associate degree, associate(adj)

    a degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies

  6. associate(a)(verb)

    having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status

    "an associate member"; "an associate professor"

  7. associate, tie in, relate, link, colligate, link up, connect(verb)

    make a logical or causal connection

    "I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind"; "colligate these facts"; "I cannot relate these events at all"

  8. consort, associate, affiliate, assort(verb)

    keep company with; hang out with

    "He associates with strange people"; "She affiliates with her colleagues"

  9. consociate, associate(verb)

    bring or come into association or action

    "The churches consociated to fight their dissolution"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. associate(verb)əˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪt, -si-; n., adj., -ɪt, -ˌeɪt

    to connect or relate two things or people

    Animals learn to associate good behavior with praise.


  1. associate(Noun)

    A person united with another or others in an act, enterprise, or business; a partner or colleague.

  2. associate(Noun)

    A companion; a comrade.

  3. associate(Noun)

    One that habitually accompanies or is associated with another; an attendant circumstance.

  4. associate(Noun)

    A member of an institution or society who is granted only partial status or privileges.

  5. associate(Verb)

    To join in or form a league, union, or association.

  6. associate(Verb)

    To spend time socially; keep company.

    She associates with her coworkers on weekends.

  7. associate(Verb)

    To join as a partner, ally, or friend.

  8. associate(Verb)

    To connect or join together; combine.

  9. associate(Verb)

    To connect in the mind or imagination

  10. associate(Verb)

    To endorse.

  11. associate(Adjective)

    Joined with another or others and having equal or nearly equal status.

    He is an associate editor.

  12. associate(Adjective)

    Having partial status or privileges.

    He is an associate member of the club.

  13. associate(Adjective)

    Following or accompanying; concomitant.

  14. Associate(Noun)

    An associate's degree.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Associate(verb)

    to join with one, as a friend, companion, partner, or confederate; as, to associate others with us in business, or in an enterprise

  2. Associate(verb)

    to join or connect; to combine in acting; as, particles of gold associated with other substances

  3. Associate(verb)

    to connect or place together in thought

  4. Associate(verb)

    to accompany; to keep company with

  5. Associate(verb)

    to unite in company; to keep company, implying intimacy; as, congenial minds are disposed to associate

  6. Associate(verb)

    to unite in action, or to be affected by the action of a different part of the body

  7. Associate(adj)

    closely connected or joined with some other, as in interest, purpose, employment, or office; sharing responsibility or authority; as, an associate judge

  8. Associate(adj)

    admitted to some, but not to all, rights and privileges; as, an associate member

  9. Associate(adj)

    connected by habit or sympathy; as, associate motions, such as occur sympathetically, in consequence of preceding motions

  10. Associate(noun)

    a companion; one frequently in company with another, implying intimacy or equality; a mate; a fellow

  11. Associate(noun)

    a partner in interest, as in business; or a confederate in a league

  12. Associate(noun)

    one connected with an association or institution without the full rights or privileges of a regular member; as, an associate of the Royal Academy

  13. Associate(noun)

    anything closely or usually connected with another; an concomitant


  1. Associate

    An Associate is an early-career role that is an integral part of the project team, responsible for handling detailed duties such as modeling, research, and documentation.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Associate' in Nouns Frequency: #2731

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Associate' in Verbs Frequency: #264

Translations for Associate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having a lower position or rank

an associate professor.

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