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associateverb

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

[I always + adv/prep] to spend time with someone or have some connection with someone or something: I don’t want you associating with that wild crowd anymore.
  • 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 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 from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"associate" in British English

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associateverb [T]

uk   /əˈsəʊ.si.eɪt/  us   /əˈsoʊ.ʃi.eɪt/
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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associatenoun [C]

uk   /əˈsəʊ.ʃi.ət/  us   /əˈsoʊ.ʃi.ət/
  • 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

associateadjective [before noun]

uk   /əˈsəʊ.si.ət/  us   /əˈsoʊ.ʃi.ət/
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
(Definition of associate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"associate" in Business English

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associatenoun [C]

uk   us   /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.

associateadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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