associated; associates; associating

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.

Definitions of associate
  1. verb
    bring or come into association or action
    synonyms: consociate
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    be or act in association with
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    unify, unite
    act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
  2. verb
    make a logical or causal connection
    synonyms: colligate, connect, link, link up, relate, tie in
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    decouple, dissociate
    regard as unconnected
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    exercise, or have the power of, memory
    place into a mutual relationship
    bring into a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relation
    conceive of as united or associated
    associate freely
    have in mind, mean, think of
    intend to refer to
    advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
    make reference to
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    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
  3. verb
    keep company with; hang out with
    “He associates with strange people”
    synonyms: affiliate, assort, consort
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    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
    make a bad alliance; ally inappropriately
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    act together or towards others or with others
  4. noun
    a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
    “he had to consult his associate before continuing”
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    a person who is an assistant or subordinate to another
    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
    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)
    someone who takes part in an activity
    an associate on the same ship with you
    mate, teammate
    a fellow member of a team
    a person who has an interest or share in something, especially a business
    someone with whom one has endured a dangerous situation, especially a fellow soldier
    attendant, attendee, attender, meeter
    a person who is present and participates in a meeting
    a participant in a formal discussion
    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
    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
    a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group)
    a member of a cabal
    charter member
    one of the original members when an organization was founded
    a member of a commission
    committee member
    a member of a committee
    council member, councillor
    a member of a council
    a member of a Conservative Party
    dancing partner
    one of a pair of people who dance together
    a member of a learned society
    bridegroom, groom
    a man participant in his own marriage ceremony
    a fellow male member of a youth gang
    a fellow female member of a youth gang
    a member of a huddle
    a person inducted into an organization or social group
    a person who likes to join groups
    a member of a kibbutz
    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
    an important participant (as in a business deal)
    someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group
    a participant in a religious retreat
    a member of a secret 17th-century society of philosophers and scholars versed in mystical and metaphysical and alchemical lore
    a member of any of various organizations that subsequently derived from the 17th-century society
    a member of a Rotary Club
    a female person who is a fellow member of a sorority or labor union or other group
    a member of a sodality
    someone who lives in a tribe
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    compeer, equal, match, peer
    a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
  5. noun
    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)
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    a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
  6. noun
    any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another
    “first was the lightning and then its thunderous associate
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    accompaniment, attendant, co-occurrence, concomitant
    an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
  7. noun
    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”
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    foot soldier, subordinate, subsidiary, underling
    an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
  8. adjective
    having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status
    “an associate member”
    “an associate professor”
    low-level, subordinate
    lower in rank or importance
  9. noun
    a degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies
    synonyms: associate degree
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    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
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    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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