Definition of associate noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    associate

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//əˈsoʊʃiət//
     
    , NAmE//‑siət//
     
     
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  1. 1a person that you work with, do business with, or spend a lot of time with business associates a close political associate of the president The company is called Landor Associates. He was known to be one of the convicted man's associates.
  2. 2Associate (abbreviation Assoc.) an associate member
  3. 3 Associate (abbreviation Assoc.) a person who has an Associate's degree (= one that is given after completing two years of study at a junior college)
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