• WordNet 3.6
    • adj associate having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status "an associate member","an associate professor"
    • v associate make a logical or causal connection "I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind","colligate these facts","I cannot relate these events at all"
    • v associate bring or come into association or action "The churches consociated to fight their dissolution"
    • v associate keep company with; hang out with "He associates with strange people","She affiliates with her colleagues"
    • n associate a degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies
    • n associate any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another "first was the lightning and then its thunderous associate"
    • n associate a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor "he had to consult his associate before continuing"
    • n associate a person with subordinate membership in a society, institution, or commercial enterprise "associates in the law firm bill at a lower rate than do partners"
    • n associate a friend who is frequently in the company of another "drinking companions","comrades in arms"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Associate A companion; one frequently in company with another, implying intimacy or equality; a mate; a fellow.
    • Associate A partner in interest, as in business; or a confederate in a league.
    • Associate Admitted to some, but not to all, rights and privileges; as, an associate member.
    • Associate Anything closely or usually connected with another; an concomitant. "The one [idea] no sooner comes into the understanding, than its associate appears with it."
    • Associate Closely connected or joined with some other, as in interest, purpose, employment, or office; sharing responsibility or authority; as, an associate judge. "While I descend . . . to my associate powers."
    • Associate (Physiol) Connected by habit or sympathy; as, associate motions, such as occur sympathetically, in consequence of preceding motions.
    • Associate One connected with an association or institution without the full rights or privileges of a regular member; as, an associate of the Royal Academy.
    • Associate To accompany; to keep company with. "Friends should associate friends in grief and woe."
    • Associate To connect or place together in thought. "He succeeded in associating his name inseparably with some names which will last as long as our language."
    • Associate To join or connect; to combine in acting; as, particles of gold associated with other substances.
    • Associate To join with one, as a friend, companion, partner, or confederate; as, to associate others with us in business, or in an enterprise.
    • Associate To unite in action, or to be affected by the action of a different part of the body.
    • Associate To unite in company; to keep company, implying intimacy; as, congenial minds are disposed to associate .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • associate To join in company, as a friend, companion, partner, confederate, or the like; join or connect intimately; unite; combine; link: followed by with (formerly sometimes by to): as, to associate others with us in business or in an enterprise; particles of earthy matter associated with other substances.
    • associate To keep company with; attend.
    • associate To make an associate of; admit to association or membership: with to: as, “he was associated to the Royal Academy,”
    • associate To have intercourse; be an associate or associates: implying intimacy: as, congenial minds are disposed to associate.
    • associate To join in or form a confederacy or association.
    • associate In general, to unite, as in action, with a person or thing, or to coexist in organic dependence, as the parts of the body.
    • associate Joined in interest, object or purpose, office or employment; combined together; joined with another or others: as, an associate judge or professor; “my associate powers,”
    • associate In pathology, connected by habit or sympathy: as, associate movements, that is, movements which occur sympathetically, in consequence of preceding motions: thus, convergence of the eyes is associated with contraction of the pupils.
    • n associate A companion; one who is on terms of intimacy with another; a mate; a fellow.
    • n associate A partner in interest, as in business; a confederate; an accomplice; an ally: as, “their defender and his associates,”
    • n associate One who shares an office or a position of authority or responsibility; a colleague or coadjutor.
    • n associate One who is admitted to a subordinate degree of membership in an association or institution: as, an Associate of the Royal Academy, or of the National Academy of Design.
    • n associate Anything usually accompanying or associated with another.
    • n associate Synonyms and Associate, Friend, Companion, Comrade, Fellow, Partner, Ally, Colleague, Coadjutor, Confederate, Associate is the most general word for persons who are connected in life, work, etc.; it is special only in suggesting an alliance of some permanence. Friend is the most general word for persons who, through community of life or otherwise, have kindly feelings toward each other. Companion, literally a messmate, applies where the persons are much thrown together, but are not united by any strong tie; hence it is not a good synonym for husband or wife. “Many men may be admitted as companions who would not be altogether fit as associates,” Crabb, Eng. Synonymes, p. 197. Comrade denotes a close companion; it implies freedom of intercourse and a good degree of friendship: as, comrades in arms. Fellow has nearly lost its early signification of agreeable companionship, the later meanings having overshadowed it: as, “a bettre felawe schulde men noght fynde,” Compare fellow-feeling, fellow-helper, fellowship. Fellow in this connection may mean one who naturally would be or is a companion: as, why do you not go with your fellows? A partner is one who takes part with others, especially in business or in any kind of joint ownership. Formerly ally was nearly equivalent in meaning to associate, but it is now applied chiefly to states or rulers in their public capacity: as, the allies in the Crimean war. A colleague is an associate for some specific purpose or in some office; it is, like coadjutor, properly applicable only to one engaged in labor or business regarded as especially dignified: as, Senators A and B were colleagues; Luther and his coadjutors. A confederate is one somewhat formally associated with others, now usually, when applied to private relations, for a bad object. See accomplice.
    • n associate In logic, a unit not contained in the collection which is paired with each unit, of the collection so as to make a pair distinguished from every pair consisting of the associate and a unit not a member of the collection. Thus if we consider a number of indistinguishable regular tetrahedrons each with a point at its center, the point at the center of any one of these is an associate of the collection of its summits. According as the pairs of the associate with the different units of the collection are all, some but not all, or none, distinguished from one another, it may be called a discrete pair associate, a various pair associate, or a uniform pair associate; but Kempe terms the last two multiple pair associate and single pair associate.
    • n associate In law: An officer in each of the superior courts of common law in England whose duty it was to keep the records of his court, to attend its nisi prius sittings, and to enter the verdict, make up the postea, and deliver the record to the party entitled thereto.
    • n associate A person associated with the judges and clerks of assize in commission of general jail delivery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • v.t Associate as-sō′shi-āt to join with, as a friend or partner: to unite in the same body
    • v.i Associate to keep company (with): to combine or unite
    • Associate joined or connected with
    • n Associate one joined or connected with another: a companion, friend, partner, or ally
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great because their associates are little.”
  • Fred A. Allen
    “An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer.”
  • Robert Frost
    “An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “A judge who cannot punish, in the end associates themselves with the criminal.”
  • Will Rogers
    “A man can learn only two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”
  • St. Augustine
    “Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. associatus, p. p. of associare,; ad, + sociare, to join or unite, socius, companion. See Social


In literature:

A genuine symbol, or ritualistic image, is a concrete living organic thing carrying all manner of magical and subtle associations.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
By association and sympathy these Colored orators took on the polish of Anglo-Saxon scholarship.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
The placenta was associated with the moon also in China, as the following quotation shows.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
Incidentally Paul speaks of his past experiences, giving wrong names, places, dates, and associations.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
This association promises to build three large buildings, not to cost less than $40,000 each.
"Sparkling Gems of Race Knowledge Worth Reading" by Various
Since 1912 he has been associated with the management of the New York Times.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
For as habits of action may be acquired, so also may emotions become associated habitually with them.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
The national association has 273 members of whom 52 are from the northern states.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
If a man associates with his inferiors, the association will surely keep him from progressing.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter

In poetry:

"What word is sweeter than mother,
What place is dearer than home?"
These words are our associates
Wherever in life we roam.
"Motherly Emotions" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The sound creates its wonted frame:
My bed at home, the songster hid
Behind the wainscoting,--all came
As long association bid.
"Fact Or Fancy?" by James Russell Lowell
Associate Genius bids them flow
With sounds that give a charm to woe;
We weep as tho' it were our own,
As if our hearts were play'd upon.
"Lines Upon The Rev. Mr,C----‘s Impromptu Compositions" by Sir John Carr
We may build more splendid habitations,
Fill our rooms with paintings and with sculptures,
But we cannot
Buy with gold the old associations!
"The Golden Mile-Stone. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The moon in partial fullness, mild, serene,
Flooding the landscape with her mellow light,
Illumined every old familiar scene,
Brought their associations to her sight.
"From A Saxon Legend." by Alfred Castner King
Ares at last has quit the field,
The bloodstains on the bushes yield
To seeping showers,
And in their convalescent state
The fractured towns associate
With summer flowers.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden

In news:

The Radio-Television News Directors Association will hold its News and Technology Summit Oct 25 in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters' NAB New York Content Creation + Show.
Hobby Association and the Toy Retailers Association presented the Toy Industry awards Tuesday at a gala event following the first day of the 59th annual Toy Fair, Jan 24-26.
Seated, (from left) are: Associate Justice Anthony M Kennedy, Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, Chief Justice John G Roberts, Associate Justice Anto´nin Scalia, and Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.
American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry .
CULVER — Culver Girls Academy sophomore Andrijana Cvitkovic has been named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association's Underclass Girls All-State first team, the association announced Friday.
Isaf, The Associated Press Files, The Associated Press.
TIA GOLDENBERG,Associated Press Associated Press.
Garlock Sealing Technologies received the International Sealing Distribution Association's Eco-Award for Industrial Certification at the association's recent Sealing Summit in San Antonio, TX.
As you are well aware, the Chiropractic Association of Arizona and the Arizona Chiropractic Alliance recently merged into the Arizona Association of Chiropractic.
Wendy Wallach has joined David Evans and Associates, Inc (DEA) as a senior associate and the Mountain West regional transit and environmental leader.
NANCY BENAC, Associated Press, PETE YOST, Associated Press.
Associated Press The Associated Press Published: August 30, 2012.
Donations to the Whooping Crane Conservation Association's Reward Account should be mailed to Whooping Crane Conservation Association, 2139 Kennedy Ave, Loveland, CO, 80538 or online at www. whoopingcrane .com.
"Zeke" Grader Jr is the executive director of Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, a trade association of commercial fishermen.
KARIN LAUB, Associated Press, LAUREN E BOHN, Associated Press.

In science:

For t ∈ Tn , we can associate a random To n -valued tree to by putting each set of children of a given vertex in uniform random order, independently over distinct vertices, so given a weight function w on [n] we may associate to t the random walk H t := H to as defined in section 2.1.
Weak convergence of random p-mappings and the exploration process of inhomogeneous continuum random trees
Often we will call + phase the one associated to the positive minimizer, and − phase the one associated to the negative minimizer.
One-dimensional random field Kac's model: localization of the phases
Thus any finite rooted tree is associated with a unique rooted combinatorial tree by changing all the edge lengths to one, and any two finite rooted trees with the same topology are associated with the same rooted combinatorial tree.
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
As usual the standard matrix associated to T t is the transpose of the standard matrix associated to T , which is to say that one interchanges the indices of the matrix.
Elements of harmonic analysis, 2
For axiomatizable properties such as associativity, the usual axiom of unconditional associativity would be replaced with a conditional statement that if numbers in a triple have certain specific properties, then addition (+n ) is associative.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection