associate verb Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
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associateverb

 us   /əˈsoʊ·ʃiˌeɪt, -si-/

associate verb (SPEND TIME)

[I always + adv/prep] to spend time with someone or have some connection with someone or something: I don’t want you associating with that wild crowd anymore.

associate verb (CONNECT MENTALLY)

[T] to think about something as being connected to something else: He always associated that perfume with Lila.
(Definition of associate verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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