associate ( associates plural & 3rd person present) ( associating present participle) ( associated past tense & past participle )
The verb is pronounced [PH:&][PH:s][PH:o][PH:U][PH:s][PH:i][PH:e][PH:I][PH:t]. The noun and adjective are pronounced [PH:&][PH:s][PH:o][PH:U][PH:s][PH:i][PH:&][PH:t].
1 verb If you associate someone or something with another thing, the two are connected in your mind.
Through science we've got the idea of associating progress with the future... V n with n
2 verb If you are associated with a particular organization, cause, or point of view, or if you associateyourself with it, you support it publicly.
I haven't been associated with the project over the last year... be V-ed with n
The press feels the need to associate itself with the green movement. V pron-refl with n
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.
What would they think if they knew that they were associating with a murderer?... V with n
4 n-count Your associates are the people you are closely connected with, especially at work.
oft n N
...the restaurant owner's business associates.
5 adj 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...
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