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Associate - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Associate' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Associate [ a.]
- 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.
2 . Associate [ n.]
- 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.
3 . Associate [ v. i.]
- 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.
4 . Associate [ v. t.]
- 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.

Meaning of 'Associate' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . associate [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a person with subordinate membership in a society, institution, or commercial enterprise
Example in sentence:
  • associates in the law firm bill at a lower rate than do partners
Meaning (2):
- a friend who is frequently in the company of another
Example in sentence:
  • comrades in arms;
  • drinking companions
Meaning (3):
- any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another
Example in sentence:
  • first was the lightning and then its thunderous associate
Meaning (4):
- a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
Example in sentence:
  • he had to consult his associate before continuing
5 . associate [ v]
Meaning (5):
- make a logical or causal connection
Example in sentence:
  • colligate these facts;
  • I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind;
  • I cannot relate these events at all
Meaning (6):
- keep company with; hang out with
Example in sentence:
  • He associates with strange people;
  • She affiliates with her colleagues
Meaning (7):
- bring or come into association or action
Example in sentence:
  • The churches consociated to fight their dissolution
8 . associate [ s]
Meaning (8):
- having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status
Example in sentence:
  • an associate member;
  • an associate professor