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associate

adjective [before noun]
 
 
/əˈsəʊsiət/
WORKPLACE used in some job titles where someone does the job described but does not have all the responsibilities of the main position: associate editor/director/lawyer
used to describe a person, country, company, etc. that is a member of an organization but does not have all the rights given to a normal member: The firm's application for associate membership of the FSA was approved.
associate member a member of an organization who does not have all the rights given to normal members: The board elected 18 foreign associate members who hold no voting rights.
(Definition of associate adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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