- 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.
- 2Associate (abbreviation Assoc.) an associate member
- 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)