Definition of associate in English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /əˈsəʊsɪeɪt//əˈsəʊʃɪeɪt/
often associate someone/something with
  • 1Connect (someone or something) with something else in one's mind.

    ‘I associated wealth with freedom’
    • ‘While judges may have associated severe sentences with deterrence, the connection was not necessarily valid.’
    • ‘These meetings had come to occupy a part of Kara's mind that associated them with dentists and GP appointments.’
    • ‘Two memories I have of my father are associated with it.’
    • ‘She's also getting the hang of associating signs with people.’
    • ‘Traditional banks are associated with wealth and profit; food banks with poverty and scarcity.’
    • ‘This album is forever associated with my 31st birthday.’
    • ‘Because of its connection to rain and water, the frog was also associated with the cleansing and healing powers of water.’
    • ‘Since the Romantics, the life of the mind has been associated with solitude, anguish and inner division.’
    • ‘This kind of system associates capitalistic criteria with social criteria, which will be in conflict.’
    • ‘She turned the phrase over in her mind, trying to associate this broken city with the word ‘home’.’
    • ‘However, these instances of the combination of research methods are associated with just one research strategy.’
    • ‘Milk is inescapably associated with new life, emerging from the body of a mother animal for the purpose of nourishing her own newborn young.’
    • ‘‘People always associate inner cities with social problems, but there are a lot of good things about these areas,’ he said.’
    • ‘Even the term cyberspace renders an absolute connection, associating digital experiences with spatial descriptors.’
    • ‘Cole slaw is possibly associated with Southern food because it so frequently accompanies barbeque.’
    • ‘The system is often associated with snow in the mountains, although according the spokesperson, snow in Johannesburg would be unlikely.’
    • ‘Political and social cohesion were strongly associated with past economic success, and in a weak global economy most didn't want to rock the boat.’
    • ‘People have always associated the mind with the technological fad of the moment.’
    • ‘‘That is how we lose the passengers' faith and money and our name is associated with only negative emotions,’ a Balkan flight attendant said.’
    • ‘Ever since my forced childhood stint in Sunday school, I had associated the Gospels with stories about ancient men in dusty tunics.’
    link, connect, couple, relate, identify, equate, bracket, think of together
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    1. 1.1 Connect (something) with something else because they occur together or one produces the other.
      ‘the environmental problems associated with nuclear waste’
      • ‘A number of medical conditions are commonly associated with Down's syndrome.’
      • ‘After all, the condition is often associated with other problems such as congenital heart disease and increased risk of certain leukemias.’
      • ‘Higher religiosity, more psychological health risk and higher scores on pro-drug social norms were associated with more frequent hard drug use.’
      • ‘The following products and therapies are often associated with cancer treatment.’
      • ‘Other conditions are also associated with high levels of CRH and cortisol.’
      • ‘In addition to being associated with lifestyle choices, cancer is also associated with unsafe working and living conditions.’
      • ‘Deficits in lung function are associated with other short- and long-term effects.’
      • ‘However, repeated messages about smoking cessation over long periods of time are associated with greater success.’
      • ‘Over 7,000 marine species are associated with this area, of which 25 percent are found nowhere else on the planet.’
      • ‘Most of these adenoviral conditions and their symptoms are also associated with other causes.’
      • ‘However, it does indicate that strong feelings of community are associated with higher levels of personal trust in others in one's community.’
      • ‘One goal of comparative genomics is to identify which sequences of genes in the human genome are associated with which traits.’
      • ‘At least two proteins required for proper chromosome segregation are associated with the nuclear envelope.’
      • ‘Thiamine status was not associated with any other clinical variables.’
      • ‘Outcomes, qualities, behaviors and numerous other characteristics are commonly associated with success.’
      • ‘Scabies is often associated with poor hygiene and crowded conditions.’
      • ‘Remember that every muscle is connected to bone and that every muscle is also associated with an organ.’
      • ‘Other conditions are also associated with high blood pressure.’
      • ‘Gluten is also associated with mental disorders.’
      • ‘When dwarf faunas are found in the fossil record, they are invariably associated with times of environmental stress.’
    2. 1.2be associated with Be involved with.
      ‘she has been associated with the project from the first’
      • ‘Danny Gill said the cake sale on Sunday was a most successful event and he thanked all who were associated with the event.’
      • ‘The party is not associated with concern for the environment or for the developing world.’
      • ‘They can tell us so much about the people who were associated with the church in previous times.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was very well supported and sincere thanks to all who were associated with the day.’
      • ‘The reception would be a highlight of the year and he thanked all who were associated with it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We thank everyone who was associated with this walk for their support.’
      mix, keep company, mingle, socialize, get together, go around, rub shoulders, fraternize, consort, have dealings
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    3. 1.3associate oneself with Allow oneself to be connected with or seen to be supportive of.
      ‘I cannot associate myself with some of the language used’
      • ‘Besides, he wasn't really the type of person that I liked to associate myself with, to be blunt.’
      • ‘How have liberals done such a good job of associating themselves with virtue?’
      • ‘Although we agreed with the comment, we just couldn't associate ourselves with not taking the high road.’
      • ‘I can see why people don't want to identify with us if this is who they have to associate themselves with.’
      • ‘Now particular ethnic groups are wanting to associate themselves with particular clubs.’
      • ‘So, a word of caution: when making use of this term, recognise what trajectories you are associating yourself with and why.’
      • ‘Also, just as importantly, how do we restore the ownership of the people in the ideas, ideals and institutions we associate ourselves with?’
      • ‘He was just so different from most guys that I associated myself with.’
      • ‘The youth, in particular, associate themselves with diverse facets of theatre, be it acting, pre-production or post-production.’
      • ‘Beware who you associate yourself with, and watch out.’
      • ‘And for that matter, what does she associate herself with?’
      • ‘At the time, associating oneself with these radical ways of thinking was tantamount to career suicide, and since I was committed to the ideas and their potential, I moved away from archaeology.’
      • ‘After these stories circulated, no one wanted to associate themselves with either of these young women.’
      • ‘I always associate myself with only those products that I believe have quality.’
      • ‘He has a few select friends to associate himself with, but isn't willing to let new people into his life.’
      • ‘I can have fun entering a world I wouldn't normally associate myself with, doing things I wouldn't normally do, with people I've never met before.’
      • ‘Long ago I dated a woman who said she didn't think much of the people I chose to associate myself with.’
      • ‘He is now into commercial translations, and has associated himself with some organisations working for reforms in the cooperative sector.’
      • ‘Given the present political situation, stars seem to be hesitant to associate themselves with one political group or the other.’
      • ‘Human beings are attracted to things they can associate themselves with.’
      affiliate, align, connect, join, join up, join forces, attach, combine, team up, band together, be in league, ally, form an alliance, syndicate, federate, consolidate, incorporate, conjoin, merge, integrate
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    4. 1.4no object Meet or have dealings with someone regarded with disapproval.
      ‘he began to associate with the Mafia’
      • ‘Truancy is banned, as is associating with certain other people named by the court.’
      • ‘Who uses the word mingle when it comes to associating with gangs?’
      • ‘Scarlett should not be associating with such a punk as he.’
      • ‘He is also prohibited from associating with another unnamed youth in a public place or causing any criminal damage.’
      • ‘This is not the sort of regime we should be associating with, even on the sports field.’
      • ‘Thus he flouted the social hierarchies of his time by eating and associating with outcasts.’
      • ‘If a person wanted to stumble headfirst down the social ladder at my school, associating with freshman was a great way to do it.’
      • ‘In the past he has been warned by police that he was associating with dangerous criminals, and even now police have their concerns.’
      • ‘In February this year he was sentenced to six months in jail after breaching the order by associating with someone he was prohibited from being with.’
      • ‘The brothers were also banned from associating with a number of other boys and girls named in the terms of the order.’
      • ‘He was also forbidden from associating with certain named individuals.’
      • ‘He began associating with gangs, using drugs and verbally harassing and stalking young women.’
      • ‘The gardaí are aware of at least one case where a leading republican activist in Limerick was associating with a feuding gang.’
      • ‘He has also been banned from associating with two other youths.’
      • ‘They can be served on people (usually young people) to restrict them from going to a certain place, associating with particular people, or even dressing in a certain way.’
      • ‘He was also banned from associating with two other named youths and had a curfew imposed upon him.’
      • ‘When she thinks her oldest child is associating with someone he should not be, she travels and confronts the bad influence.’
      • ‘I shouldn't have even wasted my time associating with you kind of people.’
      • ‘All three were banned from associating with a number of named individuals in the Smallbridge area.’
      • ‘The order also prohibits them from associating with each other and swearing at people.’
      socialize, mingle, meet, get together, have dealings, fraternize, circulate, keep company, rub shoulders, consort, move, go out
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Pronunciation /əˈsəʊʃɪət//əˈsəʊsɪət/
  • 1A partner or companion in business or at work.

    ‘a close associate of the Minister’
    • ‘Joining him will be close business associates and friends, and maybe the odd celebrity.’
    • ‘I addressed the letter to 500 people: friends, family, business associates, neighbours and acquaintances.’
    • ‘The latter date also applies to contracts between covered entities and their business partners that fall within HIPAA's definition of a business associate.’
    • ‘‘The people that we work with, they're not business associates, they're family,’ he explains.’
    • ‘Interviews with his closest friends, teammates, family, and business associates fill in the gaps of his life and show us a glimpse of the true generosity and caring of the man behind the helmet.’
    • ‘The custom now goes beyond the close family restrictive powers and has moved on to the level of friendship and business associates, classmates and neighbours.’
    • ‘His company was properly registered, and he boasted several business associates with impeccable reputations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To succeed in Korea, you must cultivate close personal relationships with business associates and earn their respect and trust.’
    • ‘I got your name and contacts from a business associate of mine who recommends you as a trustworthy person.’
    • ‘It may be the ideal presents for families, friends and relatives besides business associates and colleagues.’
    • ‘He teams with the other partners, associate partners, and associates to come up with overall concepts, and reviews jobs periodically throughout the design process.’
    • ‘Good, clear communication during business meetings with associates leads to resolution of important details and smooth transactions.’
    • ‘Once initial contact is made, building a close relationship with business associates is key.’
    • ‘Can they lie with a straight face to their co-workers, customers or business associates?’
    • ‘The donation is from the proceeds of a raffle of Christmas gifts which the company had received from its suppliers and other business associates.’
    • ‘No one likes to disagree with a family member, a close friend, or a business associate.’
    • ‘Just be sure not to use terms that colleagues or business associates might use in their subject lines.’
    • ‘Their neighbors, co-workers, business associates, etc., should know.’
    • ‘Early this afternoon, my business associates were on the way to an appointment at a primary school when they encountered something quite horrible.’
    partner, colleague, co-worker, fellow worker, workmate, compatriot, comrade, friend, ally, supporter, wingman, confederate, connection, contact, acquaintance
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  • 2A person with limited or subordinate membership of an organization.

    ‘an Associate of the Linnaean Society’
    • ‘The associate's term of membership always expires with the term of the full member, so please remember to coordinate your renewals accordingly.’
    • ‘We know you are a member of the Resistance, or at least an associate of the organization.’
    • ‘The result has been to shift the burden of proof to members and associates of those gangs, and, in effect, to hit them in their wallets.’
    • ‘On that night sixty-four names were given in for nomination as members and associates.’
    • ‘They were all members or associates of the HAMC ‘brotherhood’, and their discussion was about matters within their peculiar knowledge.’
    • ‘The police say there are now 700 White Fence members and associates.’
    • ‘Charges were filed against 21 other members and associates of the Winter Hill Gang in the 1979 race-fixing case.’
    • ‘As on previous occasions, traffic management, course layout and stewarding on the day was delivered with efficiency by club members and associates.’
    • ‘By 1976 the group had 100 members and associates and it went on a year later to start a group in Rochdale, following by further organisations in Wigan and Bury.’
    • ‘More than 60 members or associates of AIM were killed on Pine Ridge between 1973 and 1976.’
    • ‘Subsequent investigation turned up 22 members and associates of white supremacist organizations in the division's ranks.’
    • ‘That case arose because there were convictions as a result of a brawl in a pub in Christchurch, and it involved gang members and their associates.’
    subscriber, representative, attender, insider, fellow, comrade, adherent, life member, founder member, card-carrying member
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  • 3Psychology
    A concept connected with another.

    ‘the patient was asked to commit to memory a list of five paired associates’
    • ‘In this task, listeners heard sets of five paired associates.’
    • ‘In the present study, the common associate appeared as the final word in the list.’
    • ‘The lists consisted of either associates of a common word or semantically unrelated words.’
    • ‘For instance, some experiments have involved the learning of paired associates.’
    • ‘Two experiments varied the attributes in paired associates lists or sentences.’


Pronunciation /əˈsəʊʃɪət//əˈsəʊsɪət/
  • 1attributive Connected with an organization or business.

    ‘an associate company’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Reserve has been in the traditional associate unit business since 1968, where reservists fly and maintain aircraft owned by the active duty.’
    • ‘The tie-up will enable the company to take the card business to centres where the associate banks are located.’
    1. 1.1 Having shared function or membership but with a lesser status.
      ‘the associate director of the academy’
      • ‘But the whole point of being an associate producer is that you're involved in the process afterwards.’
      • ‘New this year is an associate membership allowing beginner writers the chance to grow, with the support of veteran writers.’
      • ‘We also have associate members who are not yet of retirement age but are approaching it with some trepidation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now, would you just initial those undertakings and hand them back to the associate officer and would counsel just attend to these orders.’
      • ‘Previously she was an assistant professor of business and associate campaign director at Hampton University.’
      • ‘I met Emmett two years ago when I moved to New York and took a job at Art Business News as an associate editor.’
      • ‘So, on Sunday, the governing committee dissolved the associate status level.’
      • ‘This church had in its constitution provisions for associate membership.’
      • ‘She has since worked as associate producer and production assistant on numerous, and varied productions, including a 10-minute film for Flemish Government.’
      • ‘It was just about then that we learned that I would not win an associate membership at Oxford.’
      • ‘The associate membership status has opened the door to a new and untapped market.’
      • ‘Since the decision was made, all former associate female members have made the transition to full membership.’
      • ‘The others only qualify for various levels of associate membership.’
      • ‘Our church provides medical insurance for our senior pastor but no medical insurance for the associate pastors or office staff.’
      • ‘Its wider associate membership comes to perhaps 1,000,000 people.’
      • ‘Yes, I started as an associate editor.’
      • ‘This is to inform you of my decision to retire from my position as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.’
      • ‘Next, the precinct selected official chairs and associate chairs to organize and represent the precinct on the county level.’
      • ‘The associate director does not think users will have any problems with the software, with the exception that some messages will be mistakenly labelled as spam.’


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’.