Definition of associate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    associate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈsəʊʃieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊʃieɪt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//əˈsəʊsieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊsieɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they associate
    BrE BrE//əˈsəʊʃieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊʃieɪt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//əˈsəʊsieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊsieɪt//
     
    he / she / it associates
    BrE BrE//əˈsəʊʃieɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊʃieɪts//
     
    ; BrE BrE//əˈsəʊsieɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊsieɪts//
     
    past simple associated
    BrE BrE//əˈsəʊʃieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊʃieɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//əˈsəʊsieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊsieɪtɪd//
     
    past participle associated
    BrE BrE//əˈsəʊʃieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊʃieɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//əˈsəʊsieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊsieɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form associating
    BrE BrE//əˈsəʊʃieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊʃieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//əˈsəʊsieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊsieɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 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 in the public mind with horror movies. Most people immediately associate addictions with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. You wouldn’t normally associate these two writers—their styles are completely different.
  2. 2[intransitive] associate with somebody to spend time with somebody, especially a person or people that somebody else does not approve of synonym mix I don't like you associating with those people.
  3. 3[transitive] associate yourself with something (formal) to show that you support or agree with something I associate myself with the Prime Minister's remarks (= I agree with them). I have never associated myself with political extremism.
  4. opposite dissociate
    Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘join with in a common purpose’; as an adjective in the sense ‘allied’): from Latin associat- ‘joined’, from the verb associare, from ad- ‘to’ + socius ‘sharing, allied’.
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