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  1. as·so·ci·ate
  2. verb

    • 1. connect (someone or something) with something else in one's mind:

      I associated wealth with freedom
      Synonym : link, connect, couple, relate, identify, equate, bracket, think of together, think of in connection with, draw a parallel with, mention in the same breath as, set side by side with
    • 2. connect (something) with something else because they occur together or one produces another:

      the environmental problems associated with nuclear waste
    • 3. be involved with:

      she has been associated with the project from the first
      Synonym : mix, keep company, mingle, socialize, get together, go around, rub shoulders, fraternize, consort, have dealings, rub elbows, hobnob, run around, hang out, hang around, knock around, pal up, pal around, chum around, be thick with
    • 4. allow oneself to be connected with or seen to be supportive of:

      I cannot associate myself with some of the language used
      Synonym : affiliate, align, connect, join, join up, join forces, attach, combine, team up, band together, be in league, ally, form an alliance, syndicate, federate, consolidate, incorporate, conjoin, merge, integrate
    • 5. meet or have dealings with someone commonly regarded with disapproval:

      they are at risk of associating with criminals

    noun

    • 1. a partner or colleague in business or at work:

      he arranged for a close associate to take control of the institute
    • 2. a companion or friend:

      his old friend and hearty associate
    • 3. a person with limited or subordinate membership of an organization:

      an Associate of the Linnaean Society
    • 4. a person who holds an academic degree conferred by a junior college (only in titles or set expressions):

      an associate's degree in science an Associate of Arts
    • 5. a concept connected with another:

      the patient was asked to commit to memory a list of five paired associates

    adjective

    • 1. joined or connected with an organization or business:

      an associate company
    • 2. denoting shared function or membership but with a lesser status:

      the associate director of the academy
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: associate, plural noun: associates

    • verb

      connect (someone or something) with something else in one's mind:

      connect (something) with something else because they occur together or one produces the other:

    • noun

      a partner or companion in business or at work:

      a person with limited or subordinate membership of an organization:

    • adjective

      connected with an organization or business:

      having shared function or membership but with a lesser status:

    • adjective

      (of a person or thing) connected with something else:

      (of a company) connected or amalgamated with another company or companies.

    • adjective

      (of a person or thing) connected with something else:

      (of a company) connected or amalgamated with another company or companies.

    • verb

      follow a mental process by which one word or image may spontaneously suggest another without any necessary logical connection:
    • noun

      an academic ranking immediately below full professor:
    • noun

      an academic ranking immediately below full professor:
    • verb

      follow a mental process by which one word or image may spontaneously suggest another without any necessary logical connection:
    • noun

      a degree granted after a two-year course of study, especially by a community or junior college.
    • an international news agency based in New York City.
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