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



    BrE BrE//əˈsəʊʃiət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊʃiət//
    ; BrE BrE//əˈsəʊsiət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊsiət//
    [only before noun]
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  1. 1(often in titles) of a lower rank; having fewer rights in a particular profession or organization associate membership of the European Union an associate member/director/editor She was only the associate producer of the movie.
  2. 2joined to or connected with a profession or an organization an associate company in Japan
  3. Word Originlate 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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