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 unassociated

Historical Examples of unassociated

  • Not a spot there unassociated with memories, but they were the memories of early boyhood.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • But it still remained a day of rest, unassociated, except by the Jews, with religion.

  • It is a physical act, unassociated with deep feeling of any kind.

  • She stepped over and placed another waltz before Laura, to give the children the incentive of new music, unassociated with drill.

    Six Girls and the Tea Room

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • As a matter of fact, when unassociated with gross pathological lesions, the senile tremor has no such significance.


    James J. Walsh

British Dictionary definitions for unassociated


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 unassociated



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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