Nearby words

  1. assizes,
  2. assn,
  3. assn.,
  4. assoc.,
  5. associable,
  6. associate degree,
  7. associate of arts,
  8. associate professor,
  9. associated,
  10. associated movement

Origin of associate

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)

Related forms

Synonym study

7, 8. See acquaintance.

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British Dictionary definitions for associate

associate

verb (əˈsəʊʃɪˌeɪt, -sɪ-) (usually foll by with)

noun (əˈsəʊʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt, -sɪ-)

adjective (əˈsəʊʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt, -sɪ-) (prenominal)

Derived Formsassociable, adjectiveassociator, nounassociatory, adjectiveassociateship, noun

Word Origin for associate

C14: from Latin associāre to ally with, from sociāre to join, from socius an ally

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