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Meaning of “associate” in the English Dictionary

"associate" in British English

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associateverb [T]

uk   /əˈsəʊ.si.eɪt/  us   /-ˈsoʊ-/
C1 to ​connect someone or something in ​yourmind with someone or something ​else: Most ​people associate this ​brand with good ​quality.

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associatenoun [C]

uk   /əˈsəʊ.si.ət/  us   /-ˈsoʊ-/
  • associate noun [C] (FRIEND)

someone who is ​closelyconnected to another ​person as a companion, ​friend, or ​businesspartner: A ​close associate of the ​authordeniedreports 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

associateadjective [before noun]

uk   /əˈsəʊ.si.ət/  us   /-ˈsoʊ-/
used in the ​title of a ​person whose ​rank is ​slightlylower or less ​complete than the ​fullofficialpositiondescribed: an associate ​member of an ​organization associate ​director/​producer
(Definition of associate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"associate" in American English

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associateverb

 us   /əˈsoʊ·ʃiˌeɪt, -si-/
  • associate verb (SPEND TIME)

[I always + adv/prep] to ​spendtime with someone or have some ​connection with someone or something: I don’t ​want you associating with that ​wildcrowdanymore.
  • associate verb (CONNECT MENTALLY)

[T] to ​think about something as being ​connected to something ​else: He always associated that ​perfume with Lila.

associatenoun [C]

 us   /əˈsoʊ·ʃi·ət, -si-/
someone who is ​connected to another ​person as a ​businesspartner 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 ​topposition: an associate ​director/​professor
(Definition of associate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"associate" in Business English

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associatenoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈsəʊsiət/
WORKPLACE a ​businesspartner, 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 ​investmentfirm.
a ​person who does a similar ​job to someone else but does not have all the ​responsibilities of the ​mainposition, or a ​member of an ​organization who does not have all the ​rights of a ​fullmember: Associates are ​entitled to use the ​facilities, but are not ​entitled to ​vote.

associateadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /əˈsəʊsiət/
WORKPLACE used in some ​jobtitles where someone does the ​job described but does not have all the ​responsibilities of the ​mainposition: 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 ​normalmember: 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 ​normalmembers: The ​boardelected 18 ​foreign associate ​members who ​hold no ​votingrights.
(Definition of associate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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