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

     

    associate

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//əˈsəʊʃiət//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊʃiət//
     
    Business people
     
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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 company is called Landor Associates. He was known to be one of the convicted man’s associates. See related entries: Business people
  2. 2(also Associate) an associate (1) member
  3. 3Associate (US English) a person who has an Associate’s degree (= one that is given after completing two years of study at a junior college)
  4. 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’.Extra examples a close associate with whom he started a business He was known to be one of the convicted man’s associates. a close political associate of hers
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