What does associate mean?

Definitions for associate
əˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪt, -si-; -ɪt, -ˌeɪtas·so·ciate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word associate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. associatenoun

    a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor

    "he had to consult his associate before continuing"

  2. companion, comrade, fellow, familiar, associatenoun

    a friend who is frequently in the company of another

    "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"

  3. associatenoun

    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. associatenoun

    any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another

    "first was the lightning and then its thunderous associate"

  5. associate degree, associateadjective

    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, connectverb

    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, assortverb

    keep company with; hang out with

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

  9. consociate, associateverb

    bring or come into association or action

    "The churches consociated to fight their dissolution"


  1. associatenoun

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

  2. associatenoun

    A companion; a comrade.

  3. associatenoun

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

  4. associatenoun

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

  5. associateverb

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

  6. associateverb

    To spend time socially; keep company.

    She associates with her coworkers on weekends.

  7. associateverb

    To join as a partner, ally, or friend.

  8. associateverb

    To connect or join together; combine.

  9. associateverb

    To connect in the mind or imagination

  10. associateverb

    To endorse.

  11. associateadjective

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

    He is an associate editor.

  12. associateadjective

    Having partial status or privileges.

    He is an associate member of the club.

  13. associateadjective

    Following or accompanying; concomitant.

  14. Associatenoun

    An associate's degree.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Associateverb

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

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]

  2. Associateverb

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

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]

  3. Associateverb

    to connect or place together in thought

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]

  4. Associateverb

    to accompany; to keep company with

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]

  5. Associateverb

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

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]

  6. Associateverb

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

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]

  7. Associateadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]

  8. Associateadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]

  9. Associateadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]

  10. Associatenoun

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

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]

  11. Associatenoun

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

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]

  12. Associatenoun

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

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]

  13. Associatenoun

    anything closely or usually connected with another; an concomitant

    Etymology: [L. associatus, p. p.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Associate

    as-sō′shi-āt, v.t. to join with, as a friend or partner: to unite in the same body.—v.i. to keep company (with): to combine or unite.—ns. Associabil′ity, Assō′ciableness.—adjs. Assō′ciable, that may be joined or associated: sociable: companionable; Assō′ciate, joined or connected with.—n. one joined or connected with another: a companion, friend, partner, or ally.—ns. Assō′ciateship, office of an associate; Associā′tion, act of associating: union or combination: a society of persons joined together to promote some object.—adj. Assō′ciātive, tending to association.—Association football, the game as formulated by the Football Association (formed in 1863).—Association (of Ideas), applied to laws of mental combination which facilitate recollection: similarity: contiguity, repetition. [L. associātum, associāread, to socius, a companion.]

Editors Contribution

  1. associate

    A member of an association.

    We are associates, we meet at the local dancing association.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 11, 2020  
  2. associate

    To make a logical connection in the brain, mind, conscience, consciousness, subconscious, spirit or soul.

    We all associate love with lovehearts.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of associate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of associate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of associate in a Sentence

  1. Camila Mendes:

    It’s devastating that such a violent tragedy happened in a place that I’ve always considered safe, a place that I associate with such innocent, childhood memories.

  2. Jessica Maddox:

    Fat Bear Week in particular has all of the' cute' characteristics we associate with animals online, and here, those characteristics are quite literally the point - roundness, perceived fluffiness, smushiness, etc.

  3. Antony Blinken:

    I think what people need to understand is that Ukraine is important, and we are resolute in our commitment to its sovereignty, its territorial integrity, but there is something even bigger at stake here, and it's the basic rules of the road of the international system, rules that say that one country can't change the borders of another by force, one country can't dictate to another country its choices, its decisions, and its foreign policy, with whom it will associate.

  4. Erin Hanlon:

    Evidence from laboratory and epidemiological studies has started to consistently associate insufficient sleep with an increased risk of obesity.

  5. Craig Patterson:

    Bronco is a vehicle that, like Mustang, is iconic and cool, and so anything we can do to associate it with other things that are also iconic and cool, like The Rock, I think is beneficial to both of us.

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Translations for associate

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  • другар, партньор, общувам, коле́га, съединявам се, свързвам се, присъединявам се, партньо́р, член-кореспондентBulgarian
  • associat, associarCatalan, Valencian
  • asociovatCzech
  • assoziierenGerman
  • σύντροφοςGreek
  • asociado, asociar, relacionarSpanish
  • وابستهPersian
  • seuralainen, assosioida, kollega, kumppani, ystävystyä, ulkojäsen, liittää, järjestäytyä, partneri, olla jonkun kanssa, yhdistää, työtoveri, varajäsen, apulais-, vara-, ulko-, viettää aikaa, liittoutua, kaveri, liittyä, yhdistyä, liikekumppani, seurustella, toveri, lisä-Finnish
  • fo-olteyManx
  • साथीHindi
  • ընկերակցիլ, շփվել, միավորվելArmenian
  • חברHebrew
  • 連想, 仲間, 同僚, 準, 付き合う, 結合, [[提携]][[者]], [[準]][[会員]], 交際, 会友, 提携, 副Japanese
  • 연합하다, 패, 교제하다, 준, 연상, [[제휴]][[자]], 연합, 연상하다, 조합원, 제휴하다, 친구, 상기, 준회원, 참가, 동료, 결합, 한패Korean
  • uru, whakahoaMāori
  • associëren, omgaanDutch
  • kolega, współpracownik, wspólnikPolish
  • collavuratur, collavuraturaRomansh
  • coleg, asociat, partener, tovarăș, camaradRomanian
  • колле́га, партнёр, напа́рник, присоединяться, напа́рница, компаньо́н, партнёрша, соединяться, член-корреспонде́нт, связанный, това́рищRussian
  • förknippa, associeraSwedish
  • mshirikaSwahili
  • ภาคีThai
  • ortakTurkish
  • ایسوسی ایٹUrdu
  • liên kếtVietnamese

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