associate

♦♦♦
associates, associating, associated
(The verb is pronounced [[t]əso͟ʊsieɪt[/t]]. The noun and adjective are pronounced [[t]əso͟ʊsiət[/t]].)
1) VERB If you associate someone or something with another thing, the two are connected in your mind.

[V n with n] Through science we've got the idea of associating progress with the future...

[V n with n] Rap groups have been barred from large musical events because they are associated with vandalism.

2) VERB If you are associated with a particular organization, cause, or point of view, or if you associate yourself with it, you support it publicly.

[be V-ed with n] I haven't been associated with the project over the last year...

[V pron-refl with n] The press feels the need to associate itself with the green movement.

Syn:
3) VERB If you say that someone is associating with another person or group of people, you mean they are spending a lot of time in the company of people you do not approve of.

[V with n] What would they think if they knew that they were associating with a murderer?...

[V with n] They disapproved of her dancing at discos and associating with homosexuals.

Syn:
fraternize, mix
4) N-COUNT: oft n N Your associates are the people you are closely connected with, especially at work.

...the restaurant owner's business associates.

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5) ADJ: ADJ n Associate is used before a rank or title to indicate a slightly different or lower rank or title.

Mr Lin is associate director of the Institute...

She applied for associate membership last year.

...an associate professor of political science.


English dictionary. 2008.

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