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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for associated


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

(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

noun (əˈsəʊʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt, -sɪ-)

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

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

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
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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