transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to join together; connect; combine
- to bring (a person) into relationship with oneself or another as companion, partner, friend, etc.
- to connect in the mind: to associate rain with grief
Origin of associatefrom Classical Latin associatus, past participle of associare, join to from ad-, to + sociare, unite with from socius, companion: see social
- to join (with another or others) as a companion, partner, friend, etc.
- to join together; unite
- a person with whom one is associated; friend, partner, fellow worker, etc.
- a member of less than full status, as of a society, institute, etc.
- a degree or certificate granted by a junior college to those who have completed the regular two-year course: an Associate in (or of) Arts
- a person employed in a retail store, esp. in selling goods or services; salesclerk
- joined with others in some venture, work, etc.: an associate justice
- having less than full status: an associate membership
- accompanying; connected