Definition of associate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsōsēˌāt/
Pronunciation: /əˈsōSHēˌāt/
[with object]
1Connect (someone or something) with something else in one’s mind: I associated wealth with freedom
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  • People have always associated the mind with the technological fad of the moment.
  • She turned the phrase over in her mind, trying to associate this broken city with the word ‘home’.
  • This kind of system associates capitalistic criteria with social criteria, which will be in conflict.
link, connect, relate, identify, equate, bracket, set side by side
1.1 (usually be associated) Connect (something) with something else because they occur together or one produces another: the environmental problems associated with nuclear waste
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  • When dwarf faunas are found in the fossil record, they are invariably associated with times of environmental stress.
  • Outcomes, qualities, behaviors and numerous other characteristics are commonly associated with success.
  • However, repeated messages about smoking cessation over long periods of time are associated with greater success.
1.2 (associate oneself with) Allow oneself to be connected with or seen to be supportive of: I cannot associate myself with some of the language used
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  • So, a word of caution: when making use of this term, recognise what trajectories you are associating yourself with and why.
  • Given the present political situation, stars seem to be hesitant to associate themselves with one political group or the other.
  • I can see why people don't want to identify with us if this is who they have to associate themselves with.
affiliate, align, connect, join, attach, team up, be in league, ally;
merge, integrate, confederate
1.3 (be associated with) Be involved with: she has been associated with the project from the first
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  • Well I mean this is a radio program so you can't see all the visuals that were associated with that.
  • And so being associated with that, being able to help shape that, was important to me.
  • The pub has been associated with the regatta for many years, and became involved in organising it after it was cancelled a couple of years ago.
mix, keep company, mingle, socialize, go around, rub shoulders, rub elbows, fraternize, consort, have dealings
informal hobnob, hang out/around
1.4 [no object] Meet or have dealings with someone commonly regarded with disapproval: they are at risk of associating with criminals
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  • This is not the sort of regime we should be associating with, even on the sports field.
  • Scarlett should not be associating with such a punk as he.
  • When she thinks her oldest child is associating with someone he should not be, she travels and confronts the bad influence.


Pronunciation: /əˈsōSHēət/
1A partner or colleague in business or at work: he arranged for a close associate to take control of the institute
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  • Once initial contact is made, building a close relationship with business associates is key.
  • They don't just put on a dinner jacket, stand up in front of a table of business associates, golf cronies, glittery wives and other people they want to impress and wave their chequebook about.
  • Their neighbors, co-workers, business associates, etc., should know.
partner, colleague, coworker, workmate, comrade, ally, affiliate, confederate;
connection, contact, acquaintance;
informal crony
(associates) informalpeeps
1.1A companion or friend: his old friend and hearty associate
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  • What is it that enables us to turn friend, neighbour, associate, acquaintance into a thing, an object to be hated and destroyed?
  • We all know from studies that the best way people enter the shooting sports is when they're invited by a friend or trusted associate.
  • Howard was a best friend and trusted associate of my father, so he stopped by occasionally.
2A person with limited or subordinate membership in an organization.
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  • Subsequent investigation turned up 22 members and associates of white supremacist organizations in the division's ranks.
  • We know you are a member of the Resistance, or at least an associate of the organization.
  • The associate's term of membership always expires with the term of the full member, so please remember to coordinate your renewals accordingly.
2.1A person who holds an academic degree conferred by a junior college (only in titles or set expressions): an associate’s degree in science an Associate of Arts
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  • Thus a typical for-profit college is much more likely than their public or private nonprofit counterparts to confer both associate and bachelor's degrees.
  • Third, I suggest adding a two-year associate's degree to the existing academic system that now offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.
  • Most tribal colleges offer accredited two-year associate of arts degrees, though as many as six now offer four-year degrees.
3chiefly Psychology A concept connected with another.
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  • In this task, listeners heard sets of five paired associates.
  • For instance, some experiments have involved the learning of paired associates.
  • Two experiments varied the attributes in paired associates lists or sentences.


Pronunciation: /əˈsōSHēət/
1Joined or connected with an organization or business: an associate company
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  • The Reserve has been in the traditional associate unit business since 1968, where reservists fly and maintain aircraft owned by the active duty.
  • Along with its associate organisations in Karnataka's Jungle Lodges and Resorts, it is also spreading eco-logic in a very pragmatic, and entertaining way.
  • It has also brought in other international business names such as Gillette and Samsung as associate sponsors.
1.1Denoting shared function or membership but with a lesser status: the associate director of the academy
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  • The associate membership status has opened the door to a new and untapped market.
  • Any new club would now have to apply for associate membership, effectively a probationary period which could last up to three years before full membership is granted.
  • The others only qualify for various levels of associate membership.



Pronunciation: /əˌsōSH(ē)əˈbilədē/
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  • These results indicate that learned predictiveness effects in human causal learning index an associability that is specific to a particular class of outcomes.
  • A milieu deeply penetrated by interpersonal distrust forestalls the development of associability and mass membership in associations.
  • The associability is determined by ignorance; when ignorance is removed by wisdom, the associability will be transformed into dissociability.


Pronunciation: /əˈsōSH(ē)əbəl/
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  • Manufacturing plans and operations should be associable to part and feature types.
  • The microbial community relationships and the consortial functionality are fundamental to the determination and study of the microbiological components associable with the hydrates.
  • Moreover a function associable with such ratios was analysed.


Pronunciation: /əˈsōsēətˌSHip/ Pronunciation: /əˈsōSHēətˌSHip/
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  • Five years passed and his collection of photographs grew until someone spotted a pattern and suggested he could send some to the Royal Photographic Society and seek an associateship.
  • She explained that to achieve her associateship, she had to put together a presentation for a panel of judges.
  • Funding is available for research grants, spare parts for laboratory equipment, fellowships, associateships, visiting scientists and travel to conferences.


Late Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'join with in a common purpose'; as an adjective in the sense 'allied'): from Latin associat- 'joined', from the verb associare, from ad- 'to' + socius 'sharing, allied'.

  • social from Late Middle English:

    Latin socius ‘companion’ is the base of social and society (mid 16th century); while associate (Late Middle English) comes from closely related associare ‘to unite’. The early history of the word socialism is obscure. The word made its appearance in 1832 in France contrasted with personnalité; three or four years later the modern political sense was attributed to a use by either Leroux or Reybaud in their writings. However, the source has also been attributed to an English use in 1835 during the discussions of a society founded by Robert Owen.

Words that rhyme with associate

dissociate, negotiate

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Syllabification: as·so·ci·ate

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