AskDefine | Define associate

Dictionary Definition

associate adj : having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status; "an associate member"; "an associate professor" [syn: associate(a)]


1 a person who joins with others in some activity; "he had to consult his associate before continuing"
2 a person who is frequently in the company of another; "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms" [syn: companion, comrade, fellow, familiar]
3 any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another; "first was the lightning and then its thunderous associate"
4 a degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies [syn: associate degree]


1 make a logical or causal connection; "I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind"; "colligate these facts"; "I cannot relate these events at all" [syn: tie in, relate, link, colligate, link up, connect] [ant: decouple]
2 keep company with; hang out with; "He associates with strange people"; "She affiliates with her colleagues" [syn: consort, affiliate, assort]
3 bring or come into association or action; "The churches consociated to fight their dissolution" [syn: consociate]

User Contributed Dictionary

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  • Verb:
    • AHD: əsō'shiāt or əsō'siāt
    • IPA: /əˈsəʊʃieɪt/ or /əˈsəʊsieɪt/ (RP), /əˈsoʊʃieɪt/ or /əˈsoʊsieɪt/ (US)
    • SAMPA: /@"s@USieIt/ or /@"s@UsieIt/ (RP), /@"soUSieIt/ or /@"soUsieIt/ (US)
  • Noun and adjective (these pronunciations can can also apply to the verb):
    • AHD: əsō'shiət or əsō'siət
    • IPA: /əˈsəʊʃiət/ or /əˈsəʊsiət/(RP), /əˈsoʊʃiət/ or /əˈsoʊsiət/ (US)
    • SAMPA: /@"s@USi@t/ or /@"s@Usi@t/ (RP), /@"soUSi@t/ or /@"soUsi@t/ (US)


  1. Joined with another or others and having equal or nearly equal status.
    An associate editor.
  2. Having partial status or privileges.
    An associate member of the club.
  3. Following or accompanying; concomitant.


  1. A person united with another or others in an act, enterprise, or business; a partner or colleague.
  2. A companion; a comrade.
  3. One that habitually accompanies or is associated with another; an attendant circumstance.
  4. A member of an institution or society who is granted only partial status or privileges.


A person united with another or others in an act, enterprise, or business; a partner or colleague
A companion; a comrade
One that habitually accompanies or is associated with another; an attendant circumstance
A member of an institution or society who is granted only partial status or privileges


  1. To join in or form a league, union, or association.
  2. To spend time socially; keep company.
    She associates with her coworkers on weekends.
  3. To join as a partner, ally, or friend.
  4. To connect or join together; combine.
  5. To connect in the mind or imagination
    "I always somehow associate Chatterton with autumn." - John Keats




To join in or form a league, union, or association
To spend time socially
To join as a partner, ally, or friend
To connect or join together; combine
To connect in the mind or imagination
Translations to be checked



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, associare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, associare#Italian|associare
  3. Form of Second-person plural present subjunctive, associare

Extensive Definition

Associate may refer to:
  • A term used by some companies instead of employee.
  • A term used to signify an independent (often self employed) person working as if directly employed by the company of which they are an associate. Such a person may be an associate of more than one company.
  • Judge's associate: an assistant to a Judge in an Australian Court (akin to a Judge's clerk in an American court).
  • Associate, a mathematical concept in ring theory.
  • Associate, a person who has some dealings with another, possibly a friend. Often used for business partners.

See also

associate in Japanese: アソシエイト

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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