- 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 associating
He receives the occasional visitor, but many of his family and friends fear that associating with him could be dangerous.This Church Is Reviving the Sanctuary Movement to Shelter Undocumented Immigrants From Deportation
June 11, 2014
He reportedly has been associating with a high-ranking member of the Yamaguchi-gumi who is also on the US black list.The Yakuza Olympics
February 7, 2014
After all, Pepsi became a world-leading brand not on its actual virtues, but by associating it with a better, happier life.Who Is Fazlullah? The Pakistani Mullah Who Targeted Malala
November 9, 2013
They point to her credibility – lying on a 10-year-old asylum application and associating with the wrong people.A Bleak Day for Rape Victims
August 23, 2011
No; I do not approve of your idea of associating with that young Mohammedan editor.The Book of Khalid
She was associating this tragedy with herself—as part of her life, her fate.The Golden Woman
Associating with the Professor improves any man's vocabulary, in spite of themselves.See?
Edward G. Robles
To derive any benefit from associating with these people, I must at least seem to live like them.Lord Kilgobbin
To her the idea of associating with a wild, and unruly character like this was insupportable.Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
- (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 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.)).