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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun associate:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb associate:


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Definition of the noun associate

What does associate mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • associate: associates
  • Associate: Associates

  1. a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
  2. a friend who is frequently in the company of another
  3. a person with subordinate membership in a society, institution, or commercial enterprise
    • example: associates in the law firm bill at a lower rate than do partners
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic terms: foot soldier / subordinate / subsidiary / underling = an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
  4. any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another
  5. a degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies

Alternative definition of the noun associate


  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.


  1. [slang] An associate's degree.

Definition of the adjective associate

What does associate mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status
    • examples: an associate member | an associate professor
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: low-level / subordinate

Alternative definition of the adjective associate


  1. Joined with another or others and having equal or nearly equal status.
  2. Having partial status or privileges.
  3. Following or accompanying; concomitant.

Definition of the verb associate

What does associate mean as a doing word?

Associate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: associated | associating | associates

  1. make a logical or causal connection
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or abstract] [Verb] [Patient, plural]The merger associated the two companies
      [Agent - being or abstract] [Verb] [Patient 1] with [Patient 2]The merger associated company A with company B
      [Patient, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs mix well | The pieces interconnect easily | These computers connected well
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with [Patient 2]Folk songs alternate well with pop songs
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] with [Patient 2]Company A associated with Company B

      Verbs of Combining (with the same syntax): affiliate, compare, confederate, confuse, conjoin, entangle, identity, incorporate, integrate, muddle, pair, team, total.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of associate: colligate / connect / link / link up / relate / tie in
    • antonym of associate: dissociate
    • more generic words: 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
    • more specific terms:
  2. keep company with; hang out with
  3. bring or come into association or action
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of associate: consociate
    • more generic words: unify / unite = act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
    • more specific word: walk = be or act in association with


  1. Associate is a fictional character from the 2004 crime film In a Man's World.
  2. Associate is a fictional character from the 2007 film The Neighbor.
  3. Associate is a fictional character from the 2013 film Deception.
  4. Associate is a fictional character from the 1993 film The Firm.

There are other characters with in their name, like Sales Associate.


  1. Associate: An Associate is an early-career role that is an integral part of the project team, responsible for handling detailed duties such as modeling, research, and documentation.
  2. Associate is a job title.

Phrases with Associate

Phrases starting with the word Associate:

  1. associate degree
  2. associate in arts
  3. Associate's Degree
  4. associate professor
  5. associate in nursing
  6. associate in applied science

Phrases ending with the word Associate:

  1. free-associate
  2. Sales Associate

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Associate

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Google previewA Dictionary of Abbreviations (2015)

With Especial Attention to War-Time Abbreviations by Eric Partridge

Associate Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. A.F.S. Auxiliary Fire Service. (2) Atlantic Ferry Service. (R.A.F.) aitn. Afternoon. A.F.U. Advanced ( pilots') Flying Unit. A.F.W. Armoured Fighting Wehicle(s). A.F.W. Army Field Workshop.

Google previewDictionary of Financial Abbreviations (2014)

by John Paxton

AUD accountant ACBs Associated Credit Bureaus ACBSI Associate of the Chartered Building Societies Institute ACC acceptance, billofexchange ACC Accident Compensation Corporation (New Zealand) ACC account ACC Agricultural ...

Google previewDictionary of Feminist Theology (2004)

by Russell, Russell, David

Collins Associate professor of Political Science, William Paterson College, Wayne, New Jersey ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research, Third Edition (2011)

by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Meredith Kazer, PhD, APRN, A/GNP-BC

Guthrie, PhD, RN, FAAN Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Nursing, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut Eating Disorders ...

Google previewBlackfoot Dictionary of Stems, Roots, and Affixes (2017)

Third Edition by Donald G. Frantz, Norma Jean Russell

associate iihkawa nar neighbor/associate/companion 29 associate ...

Google previewThe Baker Compact Bible Dictionary (2014)

by Tremper Longman III

Evans, PhD, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Charles Farhadian, PhD, Associate Professor of World Religions and Christian Mission, Westmont College ...

Google previewThe Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011)

by W. Rubinstein, Michael A. Jolles

AA Automobile Association AAA Amateur Athletic Association AC Companion, Order of Australia AERE Atomic Energy Research Establishment AFRAeS Associate Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society AGM Annual GeneralMeeting AINA ...

Google previewThe Focal Encyclopedia of Photography (2013)

by Michael R. Peres

Senior Research Associate Image Permanence Institute Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York, USA Greg Barnett Operations Manager College of Imaging Arts and Sciences Rochester ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Novel (2014)

Timothy Bewes, Associate Professor of English, Brown University. Peter Tracey Connor, Associate Professor of French and Romance Philology, Barnard College . Nicholas Daly, Professor of English in the School of English, Drama, and Film, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Aesthetic Rejuvenation Through Volume Enhancement (2014)

by Charles K. Herman, Berish Strauch

DiBernardo, MD, FACS Clinical Associate Professor Department of Surgery University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Division of Plastic Surgery Newark, New Jersey United States Onur O. Erol, MD Chief Department of ...

Google previewDictionary of Islamic Architecture (2002)

by Andrew Petersen, Research Associate in the School of History and Archaeology Andrew Petersen

Andrew Petersen, Research Associate in the School of History and Archaeology Andrew Petersen. Appendix This page intentionally left blank Aleppo, 10–12, 273 gateway to Appendix.

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Quotes about Associate

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. (Edmund Burke)
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Scrabble value of A1S1S1O1C3I1A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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