associate

As a verb, associate can mean to make a connection between things or concepts. You might associate the smell of lemons with summer memories of selling lemonade. Or, with polishing your furniture with Lemon Pledge.

As a noun, in employment, an associate is someone who is in a junior position. You might hear about associates at law firms, hoping to make partner one day. However, some companies also use associate to mean any employee, regardless of rank or seniority. The noun associate can also mean a friend or someone you keep company with. And, as a verb, associate can also mean to keep company with — like when you were associating with activists at the protest march.

Primary Meanings of associate

1.
vn
bring or come into association or action
a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
2.
nadj
a person with subordinate membership in a society, institution, or commercial enterprise
having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status
3.
n
a degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies
Full Definitions of associate
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v bring or come into association or action

Synonyms:
consociate
Types:
walk
be or act in association with
Type of:
unify, unite
act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief

v make a logical or causal connection

Synonyms:
colligate, connect, link, link up, relate, tie in
Antonyms:
decouple, dissociate
regard as unconnected
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remember
exercise, or have the power of, memory
interrelate
place into a mutual relationship
correlate
bring into a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relation
identify
conceive of as united or associated
free-associate
associate freely
have in mind, mean, think of
intend to refer to
advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
make reference to
Type of:
cerebrate, cogitate, think
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

v keep company with; hang out with

“He associates with strange people”
Synonyms:
affiliate, assort, consort
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ally
become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage
date, go out, go steady, see
date regularly; have a steady relationship with
accompany, companion, company, keep company
be a companion to somebody
misally
make a bad alliance; ally inappropriately
Type of:
interact
act together or towards others or with others

n a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor

“he had to consult his associate before continuing”
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adjunct
a person who is an assistant or subordinate to another
affiliate
a subordinate or subsidiary associate; a person who is affiliated with another or with an organization
ally, friend
an associate who provides cooperation or assistance
bedfellow
a temporary associate
collaborator, cooperator, pardner, partner
an associate in an activity or endeavor or sphere of common interest
colleague, confrere, fellow
a person who is member of one's class or profession
co-worker, colleague, fellow worker, workfellow
an associate that one works with
fellow member, member
one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization)
participant
someone who takes part in an activity
shipmate
an associate on the same ship with you
mate, teammate
a fellow member of a team
attendant, attendee, attender, meeter
a person who is present and participates in a meeting
discussant
a participant in a formal discussion
Areopagite
a member of the council of the Areopagus
blood brother
a male sworn (usually by a ceremony involving the mingling of blood) to treat another as his brother
bride
a woman participant in her own marriage ceremony
bridge partner
one of a pair of bridge players who are on the same side of the game
brother
a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group)
cabalist
a member of a cabal
charter member
one of the original members when an organization was founded
commissioner
a member of a commission
committee member
a member of a committee
council member, councillor
a member of a council
Conservative
a member of a Conservative Party
dancing partner
one of a pair of people who dance together
fellow
a member of a learned society
bridegroom, groom
a man participant in his own marriage ceremony
homeboy
a fellow male member of a youth gang
homegirl
a fellow female member of a youth gang
huddler
a member of a huddle
inductee
a person inducted into an organization or social group
joiner
a person who likes to join groups
kibbutznik
a member of a kibbutz
kolkhoznik
a member of a kolkhoz
masker, masquer, masquerader
a participant in a masquerade
board member
a member of a governing board
clan member, clansman, clanswoman
a member of a clan
club member
someone who is a member of a club
partaker, sharer
someone who has or gives or receives a part or a share
player
an important participant (as in a business deal)
pledge
someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group
retreatant
a participant in a religious retreat
Rosicrucian
a member of a secret 17th-century society of philosophers and scholars versed in mystical and metaphysical and alchemical lore
Rosicrucian
a member of any of various organizations that subsequently derived from the 17th-century society
Rotarian
a member of a Rotary Club
sister
a female person who is a fellow member of a sorority or labor union or other group
sodalist
a member of a sodality
tribesman
someone who lives in a tribe
Type of:
compeer, equal, match, peer
a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

n a friend who is frequently in the company of another

Synonyms:
companion, comrade, familiar, fellow
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date, escort
a participant in a date
playfellow, playmate
a companion at play
tovarich, tovarisch
a comrade (especially in Russian communism)
blind date
a participant in a blind date (someone you meet for the first time when you have a date with them)
Type of:
friend
a person you know well and regard with affection and trust

n any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another

“first was the lightning and then its thunderous associate
Type of:
accompaniment, attendant, co-occurrence, concomitant
an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
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n a person with subordinate membership in a society, institution, or commercial enterprise

associates in the law firm bill at a lower rate than do partners”
Type of:
foot soldier, subordinate, subsidiary, underling
an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

adj having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status

“an associate member”
“an associate professor”
Synonyms:
low-level, subordinate
lower in rank or importance
3

n a degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies

Synonyms:
associate degree
Types:
AA, Associate in Arts
an associate degree in arts
AAS, Associate in Applied Science
an associate degree in applied science
AN, Associate in Nursing
an associate degree in nursing
Type of:
academic degree, degree
an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study

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