Definition and Meanings for associate

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Associate is ranked 4,459 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of associate

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, adjective, noun

Etymology of associate

l. associatus, p. p. of associare; ad + sociare to join or unite, socius companion. see social l. associatus, p. p

Meaning of associate


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to join with one, as a friend, companion, partner, or confederate; as, to associate others with us in business, or in an enterprise.
  • to join or connect; to combine in acting; as, particles of gold associated with other substances.
  • to connect or place together in thought.
  • to accompany; to keep company with.

as intransitive verb

  • to unite in company; to keep company, implying intimacy; as, congenial minds are disposed to associate.
  • to unite in action, or to be affected by the action of a different part of the body.

as adjective

  • closely connected or joined with some other, as in interest, purpose, employment, or office; sharing responsibility or authority; as, an associate judge.
  • admitted to some, but not to all, rights and privileges; as, an associate member.
  • connected by habit or sympathy; as, associate motions, such as occur sympathetically, in consequence of preceding motions.

as noun

  • a companion; one frequently in company with another, implying intimacy or equality; a mate; a fellow.
  • a partner in interest, as in business; or a confederate in a league.
  • one connected with an association or institution without the full rights or privileges of a regular member; as, an associate of the royal academy.
  • anything closely or usually connected with another; an concomitant.
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