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 formsas·so·ci·ate·ship, nounnon·as·so·ci·at·ed, adjectivere·as·so·ci·ate, verb, re·as·so·ci·at·ed, re·as·so·ci·at·ing.su·per·as·so·ci·ate, nounun·as·so·ci·at·ed, adjectivewell-as·so·ci·at·ed, adjective

Synonyms for associate

1. link.

Synonym study

7, 8. See acquaintance.

Antonyms for associate

1. dissociate. 7–9. adversary.
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Examples from the Web for associating

Contemporary Examples of associating

Historical Examples of associating

  • No; I do not approve of your idea of associating with that young Mohammedan editor.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • She was associating this tragedy with herself—as part of her life, her fate.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Associating with the Professor improves any man's vocabulary, in spite of themselves.


    Edward G. Robles

  • To derive any benefit from associating with these people, I must at least seem to live like them.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • To her the idea of associating with a wild, and unruly character like this was insupportable.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for associating


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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Word Origin and History for associating



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.)).

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