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ASSOCIATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does associate mean? 

ASSOCIATE (noun)
  The noun ASSOCIATE has 4 senses:

1. a person who joins with others in some activity
2. a person who is frequently in the company of another
3. any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another
4. a degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies

  Familiarity information: ASSOCIATE used as a noun is uncommon.


ASSOCIATE (adjective)
  The adjective ASSOCIATE has 1 sense:

1. having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status

  Familiarity information: ASSOCIATE used as an adjective is very rare.


ASSOCIATE (verb)
  The verb ASSOCIATE has 3 senses:

1. make a logical or causal connection
2. keep company with; hang out with
3. bring or come into association or action

  Familiarity information: ASSOCIATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASSOCIATE (noun)


Sense 1associate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who joins with others in some activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

he had to consult his associate before continuing

Hypernyms ("associate" is a kind of...):

compeer; equal; match; peer (a person who is of equal standing with another in a group)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "associate"):

mate; teammate (a fellow member of a team)

shipmate (an associate on the same ship with you)

participant (someone who takes part in an activity)

member (one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participates in a group organization))

co-worker; colleague; fellow worker; workfellow (an associate you work with)

colleague; confrere; fellow (a person who is member of your class or profession)

collaborator; cooperator; pardner; partner (an associate who works with others toward a common goal)

bedfellow (a temporary associate)

ally; friend (an associate who provides assistance)

affiliate (a subordinate or subsidiary associate; a person who is affiliated with another or with an organization)

adjunct (a person who is an assistant or subordinate to another)

Holonyms ("associate" is a member of...):

association (a formal organization of people or groups of people)


Sense 2associate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who is frequently in the company of another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

companion; comrade; fellow; familiar; associate

Context examples:

drinking companions / comrades in arms

Hypernyms ("associate" is a kind of...):

friend (a person you know well and regard with affection and trust)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "associate"):

tovarich; tovarisch (a comrade (especially in Russian communism))

playfellow; playmate (a companion at play)

date; escort (a participant in a date)


Sense 3associate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

first was the lightning and then its thunderous associate

Hypernyms ("associate" is a kind of...):

accompaniment; attendant; co-occurrence; concomitant (an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another)


Sense 4associate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

associate degree; associate

Hypernyms ("associate" is a kind of...):

academic degree; degree (an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "associate"):

AA; Associate in Arts (an associate degree in arts)

AAS; Associate in Applied Science (an associate degree in applied science)

AN; Associate in Nursing (an associate degree in nursing)


ASSOCIATE (adjective)


Sense 1associate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status

Context examples:

an associate member / an associate professor

Similar:

low-level; subordinate (lower in rank or importance)


ASSOCIATE (verb)


Sense 1associate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a logical or causal connection

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

associate; colligate; link; relate; tie in; connect; link up

Context examples:

I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind / colligate these facts / I cannot relate these events at all

Hypernyms (to "associate" is one way to...):

cerebrate; cogitate; think (use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "associate"):

have in mind; mean; think of (intend to refer to)

free-associate (associate freely)

identify (conceive of as united or associated)

correlate (bring into a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relation)

interrelate (place into a mutual relationship)

remember (exercise, or have the power of, memory)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody with something
Somebody ----s something with something

Antonym:

dissociate (regard as unconnected)


Sense 2associate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Keep company with; hang out with

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

assort; consort; affiliate; associate

Context examples:

He associates with strange people / She affiliates with her colleagues

Hypernyms (to "associate" is one way to...):

interact (act together or towards others or with others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "associate"):

ally (become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage)

date; go out; go steady; see (date regularly; have a steady relationship with)

accompany; companion; company; keep company (be a companion to somebody)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3associate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring or come into association or action

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

consociate; associate

Context example:

The churches consociated to fight their dissolution

Hypernyms (to "associate" is one way to...):

unify; unite (act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "associate"):

walk (be or act in association with)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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