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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Example sentences
Most westerners associate it with earlier, darker times in human history.
It takes one to two years for a juvenile to turn from a grayish color to the pink that we most associate with flamingoes.
But the water molecules near the brush inside the jar of water can find water molecules to associate with everywhere around them.
The color comes from algae, which lends reefs the tropical colors most associate with these lush landscapes.
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