Associated

associate

[v. uh-soh-shee-eyt, -see-; n., adj., uh-soh-shee-it, -eyt, -see-]
verb (used with object), associated, associating.
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.
verb (used without object), associated, associating.
4.
to enter into union; unite.
5.
to keep company, as a friend, companion, or ally: He was accused of associating with known criminals.
6.
to join together as partners or colleagues.
noun
7.
a person who shares actively in anything as a business, enterprise, or undertaking; partner; colleague; fellow worker: He consulted with his associates before proceeding further.
8.
a companion or comrade: my most intimate associates.
9.
a confederate; an accomplice or ally: criminal associates.
10.
anything usually accompanying or associated with another; an accompaniment or concomitant.
11.
a person who is admitted to a subordinate degree of membership in an association or institution: an associate of the Royal Academy.
adjective
12.
connected, joined, or related, especially as a companion or colleague; having equal or nearly equal responsibility: an associate partner.
13.
having subordinate status; without full rights and privileges: an associate member.
14.
allied; concomitant.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin associātus joined to, united with (past participle of associāre), equivalent to as- as- + soci- (see social) + -ātus -ate1; compare Anglo-French associer (v.), associé (noun)

associateship, noun
nonassociated, adjective
reassociate, verb, reassociated, reassociating.
superassociate, noun
unassociated, adjective
well-associated, adjective


1. link. 7, 8. See acquaintance.


1. dissociate. 7–9. adversary.
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associate
 
vb
1.  (tr) to link or connect in the mind or imagination: to associate Christmas with fun
2.  (intr) to keep company; mix socially: to associate with writers
3.  (intr) to form or join an association, group, etc
4.  (tr; usually passive) to consider in conjunction; connect: rainfall is associated with humidity
5.  (tr) 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
7.  a person joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc; partner; colleague
8.  a companion or friend
9.  something that usually accompanies another thing; concomitant: hope is an associate to happiness
10.  a person having a subordinate position in or admitted to only partial membership of an institution, association, etc
 
adj
11.  joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc; having equal or nearly equal status: an associate director
12.  having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status: an associate member
13.  accompanying; concomitant
 
[C14: from Latin associāre to ally with, from sociāre to join, from socius an ally]
 
as'sociable
 
adj
 
as'sociator
 
n
 
as'sociatory
 
adj
 
as'sociateship
 
n

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associate
late 14c., from L. associatus pp. of associare "join with," from ad- "to" + sociare "unite with," from socius "companion." The noun is first recorded 1530s, from associate (adj.).
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