Definition of associate in English:



Pronunciation /əˈsəʊsɪeɪt//əˈsəʊʃɪeɪt/
often associate someone/thing with
  • 1 Connect (someone or something) with something else in one's mind:

    ‘I associated wealth with freedom’
    • ‘These meetings had come to occupy a part of Kara's mind that associated them with dentists and GP appointments.’
    • ‘‘People always associate inner cities with social problems, but there are a lot of good things about these areas,’ he said.’
    • ‘Two memories I have of my father are associated with it.’
    • ‘‘That is how we lose the passengers' faith and money and our name is associated with only negative emotions,’ a Balkan flight attendant said.’
    • ‘Cole slaw is possibly associated with Southern food because it so frequently accompanies barbeque.’
    • ‘This album is forever associated with my 31st birthday.’
    • ‘She's also getting the hang of associating signs with people.’
    • ‘However, these instances of the combination of research methods are associated with just one research strategy.’
    • ‘This kind of system associates capitalistic criteria with social criteria, which will be in conflict.’
    • ‘Since the Romantics, the life of the mind has been associated with solitude, anguish and inner division.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ever since my forced childhood stint in Sunday school, I had associated the Gospels with stories about ancient men in dusty tunics.’
    • ‘People have always associated the mind with the technological fad of the moment.’
    • ‘Because of its connection to rain and water, the frog was also associated with the cleansing and healing powers of water.’
    • ‘Traditional banks are associated with wealth and profit; food banks with poverty and scarcity.’
    • ‘Milk is inescapably associated with new life, emerging from the body of a mother animal for the purpose of nourishing her own newborn young.’
    • ‘Even the term cyberspace renders an absolute connection, associating digital experiences with spatial descriptors.’
    • ‘The system is often associated with snow in the mountains, although according the spokesperson, snow in Johannesburg would be unlikely.’
    • ‘She turned the phrase over in her mind, trying to associate this broken city with the word ‘home’.’
    • ‘While judges may have associated severe sentences with deterrence, the connection was not necessarily valid.’
    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’
      • ‘Remember that every muscle is connected to bone and that every muscle is also associated with an organ.’
      • ‘However, it does indicate that strong feelings of community are associated with higher levels of personal trust in others in one's community.’
      • ‘Outcomes, qualities, behaviors and numerous other characteristics are commonly associated with success.’
      • ‘Other conditions are also associated with high blood pressure.’
      • ‘At least two proteins required for proper chromosome segregation are associated with the nuclear envelope.’
      • ‘After all, the condition is often associated with other problems such as congenital heart disease and increased risk of certain leukemias.’
      • ‘When dwarf faunas are found in the fossil record, they are invariably associated with times of environmental stress.’
      • ‘One goal of comparative genomics is to identify which sequences of genes in the human genome are associated with which traits.’
      • ‘Other conditions are also associated with high levels of CRH and cortisol.’
      • ‘The following products and therapies are often associated with cancer treatment.’
      • ‘Gluten is also associated with mental disorders.’
      • ‘Over 7,000 marine species are associated with this area, of which 25 percent are found nowhere else on the planet.’
      • ‘Higher religiosity, more psychological health risk and higher scores on pro-drug social norms were associated with more frequent hard drug use.’
      • ‘Most of these adenoviral conditions and their symptoms are also associated with other causes.’
      • ‘However, repeated messages about smoking cessation over long periods of time are associated with greater success.’
      • ‘Scabies is often associated with poor hygiene and crowded conditions.’
      • ‘A number of medical conditions are commonly associated with Down's syndrome.’
      • ‘Thiamine status was not associated with any other clinical variables.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2be associated with Be involved with:
      ‘she has been associated with the project from the first’
      • ‘They can tell us so much about the people who were associated with the church in previous times.’
      • ‘We thank everyone who was associated with this walk for their support.’
      • ‘The reception would be a highlight of the year and he thanked all who were associated with it.’
      • ‘It was very well supported and sincere thanks to all who were associated with the day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘He was just so different from most guys that I associated myself with.’
      • ‘How have liberals done such a good job of associating themselves with virtue?’
      • ‘So, a word of caution: when making use of this term, recognise what trajectories you are associating yourself with and why.’
      • ‘After these stories circulated, no one wanted to associate themselves with either of these young women.’
      • ‘Also, just as importantly, how do we restore the ownership of the people in the ideas, ideals and institutions we associate ourselves with?’
      • ‘Long ago I dated a woman who said she didn't think much of the people I chose to associate myself with.’
      • ‘And for that matter, what does she associate herself with?’
      • ‘Now particular ethnic groups are wanting to associate themselves with particular clubs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I can see why people don't want to identify with us if this is who they have to associate themselves with.’
      • ‘He is now into commercial translations, and has associated himself with some organisations working for reforms in the cooperative sector.’
      • ‘The youth, in particular, associate themselves with diverse facets of theatre, be it acting, pre-production or post-production.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Beware who you associate yourself with, and watch out.’
      • ‘Given the present political situation, stars seem to be hesitant to associate themselves with one political group or the other.’
      • ‘He has a few select friends to associate himself with, but isn't willing to let new people into his life.’
      • ‘I always associate myself with only those products that I believe have quality.’
      • ‘Besides, he wasn't really the type of person that I liked to associate myself with, to be blunt.’
      • ‘Although we agreed with the comment, we just couldn't associate ourselves with not taking the high road.’
      • ‘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. 1.4[no object] Meet or have dealings with someone regarded with disapproval:
      ‘he began to associate with the Mafia’
      • ‘He was also forbidden from associating with certain named individuals.’
      • ‘He began associating with gangs, using drugs and verbally harassing and stalking young women.’
      • ‘Scarlett should not be associating with such a punk as he.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The order also prohibits them from associating with each other and swearing at people.’
      • ‘He is also prohibited from associating with another unnamed youth in a public place or causing any criminal damage.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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 banned from associating with two other named youths and had a curfew imposed upon him.’
      • ‘In the past he has been warned by police that he was associating with dangerous criminals, and even now police have their concerns.’
      • ‘All three were banned from associating with a number of named individuals in the Smallbridge area.’
      • ‘When she thinks her oldest child is associating with someone he should not be, she travels and confronts the bad influence.’
      • ‘The gardaí are aware of at least one case where a leading republican activist in Limerick was associating with a feuding gang.’
      • ‘This is not the sort of regime we should be associating with, even on the sports field.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I shouldn't have even wasted my time associating with you kind of people.’
      • ‘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.’
      socialize, mingle, meet, get together, have dealings, fraternize, circulate, keep company, rub shoulders, consort, move, go out
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Pronunciation /əˈsəʊsɪət//əˈsəʊʃɪət/
  • 1A partner or companion in business or at work:

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

    ‘an Associate of the Linnaean Society’
    • ‘We know you are a member of the Resistance, or at least an associate of the organization.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As on previous occasions, traffic management, course layout and stewarding on the day was delivered with efficiency by club members and associates.’
    • ‘Charges were filed against 21 other members and associates of the Winter Hill Gang in the 1979 race-fixing case.’
    • ‘The police say there are now 700 White Fence members and associates.’
    • ‘The associate's term of membership always expires with the term of the full member, so please remember to coordinate your renewals accordingly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than 60 members or associates of AIM were killed on Pine Ridge between 1973 and 1976.’
    • ‘On that night sixty-four names were given in for nomination as 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.’
    • ‘Subsequent investigation turned up 22 members and associates of white supremacist organizations in the division's ranks.’
    • ‘They were all members or associates of the HAMC ‘brotherhood’, and their discussion was about matters within their peculiar knowledge.’
    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’
    • ‘Two experiments varied the attributes in paired associates lists or sentences.’
    • ‘The lists consisted of either associates of a common word or semantically unrelated words.’
    • ‘In this task, listeners heard sets of five paired associates.’
    • ‘For instance, some experiments have involved the learning of paired associates.’
    • ‘In the present study, the common associate appeared as the final word in the list.’


Pronunciation /əˈsəʊsɪət//əˈsəʊʃɪət/
  • 1[attributive] Connected with an organization or business:

    ‘an associate company’
    • ‘The Reserve has been in the traditional associate unit business since 1968, where reservists fly and maintain aircraft owned by the active duty.’
    • ‘It has also brought in other international business names such as Gillette and Samsung as associate sponsors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘We also have associate members who are not yet of retirement age but are approaching it with some trepidation.’
      • ‘But the whole point of being an associate producer is that you're involved in the process afterwards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was just about then that we learned that I would not win an associate membership at Oxford.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now, would you just initial those undertakings and hand them back to the associate officer and would counsel just attend to these orders.’
      • ‘The associate membership status has opened the door to a new and untapped market.’
      • ‘New this year is an associate membership allowing beginner writers the chance to grow, with the support of veteran writers.’
      • ‘She has since worked as associate producer and production assistant on numerous, and varied productions, including a 10-minute film for Flemish Government.’
      • ‘So, on Sunday, the governing committee dissolved the associate status level.’
      • ‘This church had in its constitution provisions for associate membership.’
      • ‘Next, the precinct selected official chairs and associate chairs to organize and represent the precinct on the county level.’
      • ‘Its wider associate membership comes to perhaps 1,000,000 people.’
      • ‘Yes, I started as an associate editor.’
      • ‘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.’


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.