- 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 associated
Now, it is the most traditional and celebrated Christmas cake in Germany—and definitely not associated with fasting.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
“You cannot put women and men on an equal footing,” Erdogan said, according to the Associated Press.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns
November 27, 2014
“No one wants to be associated with something like this,” said Hill.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
It was associated with government heavy-handedness and viewed with disdain.The Republican Rainbow Coalition Is Real
November 18, 2014
The center-right hedge fund clique known as Third Way, and associated Blue Dogs and hangers on.One of the Midterms’ Little-Noticed Big Losers: The NRA
November 10, 2014
In the horse's mind this sort of thing was associated with unlimited punishment.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Inventions are associated with his name, not laws or new phenomena.Heroes of the Telegraph
It is associated with armies and navies, and an unlimited police force.The Hunted Outlaw
It is well known that there is a leak in the Associated Press Office.
It was a glorious thing for a girl, she said, wasn't it, to be associated with such a life as that?The Greater Inclination
- (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 associated
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.)).