- 1 [transitive] associate somebody/something (with somebody/something) to make a connection between people or things in your mind I always associate the smell of baking with my childhood. He is closely associated with horror movies by the public. Most people immediately associate addictions with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. You wouldn't normally associate these two writers—their styles are completely different.
- 2[intransitive] associate with somebody to spend time with someone, especially a person or people that someone else does not approve of synonym mix I don't like you associating with those people.
- 3 [transitive] associate yourself with something (formal) to show that you support or agree with something May I associate myself with the president's remarks? (= I agree with them) I have never associated myself with political extremism. opposite dissociate
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NAmE//əˈsoʊʃiˌeɪt//, NAmE//‑siˌeɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they associate
,he / she / it associates
,past simple associated
,-ing form associating