associate
I. verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Middle English associat associated, from Latin associatus, past participle of associare to unite, from ad- + sociare to join, from socius companion — more at social Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to join as a partner, friend, or companion 2. obsolete to keep company with ; attend 3. to join or connect together ; combine 4. to bring together or into relationship in any of various intangible ways (as in memory or imagination) intransitive verb 1. to come or be together as partners, friends, or companions 2. to combine or join with other parts ; unite Synonyms: see join II. adjective Date: 14th century 1. closely connected (as in function or office) with another 2. closely related especially in the mind 3. having secondary or subordinate status <
associate membership in a society
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III. noun Date: 1533 1. one associated with another: as a. partner, colleague b. companion, comrade 2. a. an entry-level member (as of a learned society, professional organization, or profession) b. employee, worker 3. often capitalized a degree conferred especially by a junior college <
associate in arts
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associateship noun

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