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English definition of “associate”

associate

noun [C]     /əˈsəʊsiət/
WORKPLACE a business partner, or someone that you work with: He considered the possibility of a buy-out of the company with the help of business associates. a former/close/senior associate
Associates [plural] (written abbreviation Assoc) WORKPLACE used in the names of some companies that are run by a group of people: Brown & Associates Inc. are a Chicago-based investment firm.
a person who does a similar job to someone else but does not have all the responsibilities of the main position, or a member of an organization who does not have all the rights of a full member: Associates are entitled to use the facilities, but are not entitled to vote.
(Definition of associate noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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