associate

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associate

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verb
  • enPR: əsō'shiāt or əsō'siāt
  • (UK) IPA: /əˈsəʊʃieɪt/ or /əˈsəʊsieɪt/, SAMPA: /@"s@USieIt/ or /@"s@UsieIt/
  • (US) IPA: /əˈsoʊʃieɪt/ or /əˈsoʊsieɪt/, SAMPA: /@"soUSieIt/ or /@"soUsieIt/
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noun (may also apply to the verb)

Verb[change]

Plain form
associate

Third-person singular
associates

Past tense
associated

Past participle
associated

Present participle
associating

  1. (transitive) If you associate two things, you think of them as being connected in some way.
    People often associate Einstein with science, but he was also a man of peace.
    I associate Thailand with spicy food and beautiful beaches.
  2. (intransitive) If you associate with someone else, you spend time with them.
    Parents are often afraid of their children associating with the wrong group of friends.

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Noun[change]

Singular
associate

Plural
associates

  1. (countable) An associate is somebody that you do business or work with.
    I have an associate who might be interested in your product.
  2. An associate member, professor, producer, etc. is one who is connected but at a lower level.
    She spent years as an associate professor before becoming a full professor in 1997.

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