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English definition of “associate”

associate

noun [C]    /əˈsoʊ·ʃi·ət, -si-/
someone who is connected to another person as a business partner or companion: Claire invited several business associates to dinner. An associate is also a person who has a position in a job or type of work that is just below the top position: an associate director/professor
(Definition of associate noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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