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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of associare, from ad- 'to' + sociare 'to join'

associate

1 verb
     
as‧so‧ci‧ate1 S3 W2
1 [transitive] to make a connection in your mind between one thing or person and another
associate somebody/something with something
I don't associate him with energetic sports.
2

be associated (with somebody/something)

a) to be related to a particular subject, activity etc:
problems associated with cancer treatment
b) also associate yourself with somebody/something to show that you support someone or something:
He did not associate himself with the pro-democracy movement.
3

associate with somebody

to spend time with someone, especially someone that other people disapprove of:
I don't like these layabouts you're associating with.

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