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English adjective: associate

1. associate having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status

SamplesAn associate member.
An associate professor.

Similarlow-level, subordinate


English noun: associate

1. associate (person) a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor

SamplesHe had to consult his associate before continuing.

Broader (hypernym)compeer, equal, match, peer

Narrower (hyponym)adjunct, affiliate, ally, bedfellow, co-worker, collaborator, colleague, colleague, confrere, cooperator, fellow, fellow member, fellow worker, friend, mate, member, pardner, participant, partner, shipmate, teammate, workfellow

Member meronymassociation

2. associate (person) a friend who is frequently in the company of another

SamplesDrinking companions.
Comrades in arms.

Synonymscompanion, comrade, familiar, fellow

Broader (hypernym)friend

Narrower (hyponym)date, escort, playfellow, playmate, tovarich, tovarisch

3. associate (person) a person with subordinate membership in a society, institution, or commercial enterprise

SamplesAssociates in the law firm bill at a lower rate than do partners.

Broader (hypernym)foot soldier, subordinate, subsidiary, underling

4. associate (event) any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another

SamplesFirst was the lightning and then its thunderous associate.

Broader (hypernym)accompaniment, attendant, co-occurrence, concomitant

5. associate (communication) a degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies

Synonymsassociate degree

Broader (hypernym)academic degree, degree

Narrower (hyponym)AA, AAS, AN, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Nursing

English verb: associate

1. associate (cognition) make a logical or causal connection

SamplesI cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind.
Colligate these facts.
I cannot relate these events at all.

Synonymscolligate, connect, link, link up, relate, tie in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody with something.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think

Narrower (hyponym)correlate, free-associate, have in mind, identify, interrelate, mean, remember, think of

Antonymsdecouple, dissociate

2. associate (social) keep company with; hang out with

SamplesHe associates with strange people.
She affiliates with her colleagues.

Synonymsaffiliate, assort, consort

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)interact

Narrower (hyponym)accompany, ally, companion, company, date, go out, go steady, keep company, see

3. associate (social) bring or come into association or action

SamplesThe churches consociated to fight their dissolution.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)unify, unite

Narrower (hyponym)walk

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