vb usually foll by: with
1 tr to link or connect in the mind or imagination
to associate Christmas with fun
2 intr to keep company; mix socially
to associate with writers
3 intr to form or join an association, group, etc.
4 tr; usually passive to consider in conjunction; connect
rainfall is associated with humidity
5 tr to bring (a person, esp. oneself) into friendship, partnership, etc.
6 tr; often passive to express agreement or allow oneself to be connected (with)
Bertrand Russell was associated with the peace movement
7 a person joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc.; partner; colleague
9 something that usually accompanies another thing; concomitant
hope is an associate to happiness
10 a person having a subordinate position in or admitted to only partial membership of an institution, association, etc.
11 joined with another or others in an enterprise, business, etc.; having equal or nearly equal status
an associate director
12 having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status
an associate member
13 accompanying; concomitant (C14: from Latin associare to ally with, from sociare to join, from socius an ally)
1 (in the U.S. and Canada) a university teacher lower in rank than a full professor but higher than an assistant professor
2 (in New Zealand) a senior lecturer holding the rank below professor