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associate

as·so·ci·ate

associate

 
 
parts of speech:
verb, noun, adjective
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part of speech: verb
pronunciation: so si eIt [or] so shi eIt
inflections: associated, associates, associating
definition 1: to connect with something else in one's mind.
I associate fall with going back to school.
synonyms:
ally, connect, identify, join, link, relate
similar words:
combine, unite
definition 2: to come together as friends, business partners, or companions (often followed by "with").
Ms. Black associates with them only at the office.
synonyms:
mingle, mix, relate
similar words:
affiliate
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: so si iht [or] so shi iht
definition 1: a person who is active with others in running a business enterprise; partner.
He received an e-mail from his associate.
synonyms:
partner
definition 2: a friend, companion, or mate.
She met her associates at the cafe.
synonyms:
companion, fellow, mate
similar words:
buddy, chum, colleague, comrade, coworker, pal
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: so si iht [or] so shi iht
definition 1: linked with another or others and having equal or nearly equal status.
The orchestra has a number of associate conductors.
synonyms:
related
similar words:
bound
definition 2: having a position with less power, rank, or status.
She is only an associate member of the club and cannot vote in club elections.
synonyms:
secondary, subordinate
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-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).