- to connect or bring into relation, as thought, feeling, memory, etc.: Many people associate dark clouds with depression and gloom.
- to join as a companion, partner, or ally: to associate oneself with a cause.
- to unite; combine: coal associated with shale.
- to enter into union; unite.
- to keep company, as a friend, companion, or ally: He was accused of associating with known criminals.
- to join together as partners or colleagues.
- 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.
- a companion or comrade: my most intimate associates.
- a confederate; an accomplice or ally: criminal associates.
- anything usually accompanying or associated with another; an accompaniment or concomitant.
- a person who is admitted to a subordinate degree of membership in an association or institution: an associate of the Royal Academy.
- connected, joined, or related, especially as a companion or colleague; having equal or nearly equal responsibility: an associate partner.
- having subordinate status; without full rights and privileges: an associate member.
- allied; concomitant.
Origin of associate
SynonymsSee more synonyms for associate on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for associate
Surenos are told when to workout, who to associate with and how to distribute any funds they make from illegal activity.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
December 11, 2014
She lived it — civil rights and other issues that you associate from the family.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
She now serves as an Associate Professor at Colorado State University and has authored several books on autism and animal science.The Most Inspiring Bits of Temple Grandin’s Reddit AMA
November 18, 2014
I associate Ravel with your music from the beginning of your career.Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
David Fontana is Associate Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School.Andrew Cuomo Ignores Rural New York
November 8, 2014
Also he disliked Carter—seemed to associate his personality with that of Shandy's.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
We do not associate with them, and they are soon punished for their misdeeds.The Dream
Try to associate with God-fearing people and live with them, then you will learn only good.What Sami Sings with the Birds
Judging from your associate, I might with justice think you depraved.Night and Morning, Complete
If he happens to appear in the office, I have to associate with him; but, thank Heaven!American Notes
- (tr) to link or connect in the mind or imaginationto associate Christmas with fun
- (intr) to keep company; mix sociallyto associate with writers
- (intr) to form or join an association, group, etc
- (tr; usually passive) to consider in conjunction; connectrainfall is associated with humidity
- (tr) to bring (a person, esp oneself) into friendship, partnership, etc
- (tr; often passive) to express agreement or allow oneself to be connected (with)Bertrand Russell was associated with the peace movement
- a person joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc; partner; colleague
- a companion or friend
- something that usually accompanies another thing; concomitanthope is an associate to happiness
- a person having a subordinate position in or admitted to only partial membership of an institution, association, etc
- joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc; having equal or nearly equal statusan associate director
- having partial rights and privileges or subordinate statusan associate member
- accompanying; concomitant
Word Origin and History for associate
mid-15c., from Latin associatus past participle of associare "join with," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sociare "unite with," from socius "companion" (see social (adj.)). Related: Associated; associating. Earlier form of the verb was associen (late 14c.), from Old French associier "associate (with)."
1530s, from associate (adj.).
early 15c., "allied, connected, paired," from Latin associatus, past participle of associare (see associate (v.)).