[v. uh-soh-shee-eyt, -see-; n., adj., uh-soh-shee-it, -eyt, -see-]
– verb (used with object)
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.
– verb (used without object)
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.
Origin: 1400–50; late ME < L associātus joined to, united with (ptp. of associāre), equiv. to as- as- + soci- (see social) + -ātus -ate1; cf. AF associer (v.), associé (n.)