Verb associate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


associate (third-person singular simple present associates, present participle associating, simple past and past participle associated)

  1. (intransitive) To join in or form a league, union, or association.
  2. (intransitive) To spend time socially; keep company.
  3. (transitive) To join as a partner, ally, or friend.
  4. (transitive) To connect or join together; combine.
  5. (transitive) To connect evidentially, or in the mind or imagination.
  6. (reflexive, in deliberative bodies) To endorse.
  7. (mathematics) To be associative.
  8. (transitive, obsolete) To accompany; to be in the company of.

More definition: connect or bring into relation, as thought, feeling, memory, etc., Many people associate dark clouds with depression and gloom. join as a companion, partner, or ally, to associate oneself with a cause. unite; combine, coal associated with shale. enter into union; unite. keep company, as a friend, companion, or ally, He was accused of associating with known criminals. join together as partners or colleagues.

7.a person who shares actively in anything as a business, enterprise, or undertaking; partner; colleague; fellow worker, He consulted with his associates before proceeding further.

8.a companion or comrade, my most intimate associates.

9.a confederate; an accomplice or ally, criminal associates.

10.anything usually accompanying or associated with another; an accompaniment or concomitant. 1
1.a person who is admitted to a subordinate degree of membership in an association or institution, an associate of the Royal Academy.

2.connected, joined, or related, especially as a companion or colleague; having equal or nearly equal responsibility, an associate partner.1

3.having subordinate status; without full rights and privileges, an associate member.1

4.allied; concomitant.

1. (transitive) to link or connect in the mind or imagination, to associate Christmas with fun

2. (intransitive) to keep company; mix socially, to associate with writers

3. (intransitive) to form or join an association, group, etc

4. (transitive; usually passive) to consider in conjunction; connect, rainfall is associated with humidity

5. (transitive) to bring (a person, esp oneself) into friendship, partnership, etc

6. (transitive; often passive) to express agreement or allow oneself to be connected (with), Bertrand Russell was associated with the peace movement noun (əˈsəʊʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt; -sɪ-)

7. a person joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc; partner; colleague

8. a companion or friend

9. something that usually accompanies another thing; concomitant, hope is an associate to happiness

10. a person having a subordinate position in or admitted to only partial membership of an institution, association, etc adjective (prenominal) (əˈsəʊʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt; -sɪ-) 1
1. joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc; having equal or nearly equal status, an associate director1

2. having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status, an associate member1

3. accompanying; concomitant Derived Formsassociable, adjectiveassociator, nounassociatory, adjectiveassociateship, noun Word OriginC14, from Latin associāre to ally with, from sociāre to join, from socius an allyCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
mid-15c., from Latin associatus past participle of associare "join with," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sociare "unite with," from socius "companion" (see social (adj.)). Related, Associated; associating. Earlier form of the verb was associen (late 14c.), from Old French associier "associate (with)."
1530s, from associate (adj.).
early 15c., "allied, connected, paired," from Latin associatus, past participle of associare (see associate (v.)).


As for your love sick associate, be it him or her, I only express prudence and caution, by everyone.

Even a prisoner on this planet was unwilling to associate with her!

The bishops, particularly St Irenaeus of Lyons, declared themselves in favour of the usage of Rome, but refused to associate themselves with the excommunication pronounced by Victor against their Asiatic colleagues.

As a rule these organs only extend a short way along the anterior end of the body, a concentration which we may associate with the development of a vascular system I--- to bring the products of excretion to a fixed spot.

In 1757 be became an associate of the Imperial Academy of St Petersburg, and a foreign member of the Royal Society of London, and in 1758 a member of the Academy of Berlin, in 1766 of that of Stockholm, and in 1770 of the Academies of Copenhagen and of Bern.

Ozma was happy to have Dorothy beside her, for girls of her own age with whom it was proper for the Princess to associate were very few, and often the youthful Ruler of Oz was lonely for lack of companionship.

But I contend that only matters of degree separate it from the weightier matters we conventionally associate with wisdom.

After a few repetitions she came to associate the word with the feeling.

She was confirmed in this delusion by the fact that she had become a very wealthy heiress and also by the fact that the older she grew the less dangerous she became to men, and the more freely they could associate with her and avail themselves of her suppers, soirees, and the animated company that assembled at her house, without incurring any obligation.

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