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associate

[verb uh-soh-shee-eyt, -see-; noun, adjective, uh-soh-shee-it, -eyt, -see-]
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verb (used with object), as·so·ci·at·ed, as·so·ci·at·ing.
  1. to connect or bring into relation, as thought, feeling, memory, etc.: Many people associate dark clouds with depression and gloom.
  2. to join as a companion, partner, or ally: to associate oneself with a cause.
  3. to unite; combine: coal associated with shale.
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verb (used without object), as·so·ci·at·ed, as·so·ci·at·ing.
  1. to enter into union; unite.
  2. to keep company, as a friend, companion, or ally: He was accused of associating with known criminals.
  3. to join together as partners or colleagues.
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a companion or comrade: my most intimate associates.
  3. a confederate; an accomplice or ally: criminal associates.
  4. anything usually accompanying or associated with another; an accompaniment or concomitant.
  5. a person who is admitted to a subordinate degree of membership in an association or institution: an associate of the Royal Academy.
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adjective
  1. connected, joined, or related, especially as a companion or colleague; having equal or nearly equal responsibility: an associate partner.
  2. having subordinate status; without full rights and privileges: an associate member.
  3. allied; concomitant.
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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

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1. link.

Synonym study

7, 8. See acquaintance.

Antonyms

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

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  • 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.

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    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

associate

verb (əˈsəʊʃɪˌeɪt, -sɪ-) (usually foll by with)
  1. (tr) to link or connect in the mind or imaginationto associate Christmas with fun
  2. (intr) to keep company; mix sociallyto associate with writers
  3. (intr) to form or join an association, group, etc
  4. (tr; usually passive) to consider in conjunction; connectrainfall is associated with humidity
  5. (tr) to bring (a person, esp oneself) into friendship, partnership, etc
  6. (tr; often passive) to express agreement or allow oneself to be connected (with)Bertrand Russell was associated with the peace movement
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noun (əˈsəʊʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt, -sɪ-)
  1. a person joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc; partner; colleague
  2. a companion or friend
  3. something that usually accompanies another thing; concomitanthope is an associate to happiness
  4. a person having a subordinate position in or admitted to only partial membership of an institution, association, etc
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adjective (əˈsəʊʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt, -sɪ-) (prenominal)
  1. joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc; having equal or nearly equal statusan associate director
  2. having partial rights and privileges or subordinate statusan associate member
  3. accompanying; concomitant
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Derived Formsassociable, adjectiveassociator, nounassociatory, adjectiveassociateship, noun

Word Origin

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

associate

v.

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)."

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associate

n.

1530s, from associate (adj.).

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associate

adj.

early 15c., "allied, connected, paired," from Latin associatus, past participle of associare (see associate (v.)).

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