Definition of “associate” - English Dictionary

“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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associateadjective [ before noun ]

uk /əˈsəʊ.si.ət/ us /əˈsoʊ.ʃi.ət/

(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 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 Business English

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associatenoun [ C ]

uk /əˈsəʊsiət/ us

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 /əˈsəʊsiət/ us

WORKPLACE used in some job titles where someone does the job described but does not have all the responsibilities of the main position:

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)