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associate

verb [T] uk   /əˈsəʊ.si.eɪt/ us    /-ˈsoʊ-/
C1 to connect someone or something in your mind with someone or something else: Most people associate this brand with good quality.
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associate

noun [C] uk   /əˈsəʊ.si.ət/ us    /-ˈsoʊ-/

associate noun [C] (FRIEND)

someone who is closely connected to another person as a companion, friend, or business partner: A close associate of the author denied reports that she had cancer. a business associate
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associate noun [C] (QUALIFICATION)

US someone who holds an associate's degree: an associate of arts

associate

adjective [before noun] uk   /əˈsəʊ.si.ət/ us    /-ˈsoʊ-/
used in the title of a person whose rank is slightly lower or less complete than the full official position described: an associate member of an organization associate director/producer
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