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as·so·ci·ate

(ă-sō'sē-ăt -āt),
1. Any item or person grouped with others by some common factor.
2. To accomplish association.

associate

adjective Referring to a lesser status (e.g., associate professor, associate specialist).
noun Colleague, confrère.
verb
(1) Link, connect, relate, equate
(2) Mix, socialise, fraternise, hobnob, hang out
(3) Affiliate, connect, ally, team up.

as·so·ci·ate

(ă-sō'sē-ăt, -āt)
1. Any item or person grouped with others by some common factor.
2. To form an association.
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Linton commissioned me to take the boy home early, on Catherine's pony; and, said he - 'As we shall now have no influence over his destiny, good or bad, you must say nothing of where he is gone to my daughter: she cannot associate with him hereafter, and it is better for her to remain in ignorance of his proximity; lest she should be restless, and anxious to visit the Heights.
No words can express the secret agony of my soul as I sunk into this companionship; compared these henceforth everyday associates with those of my happier childhood - not to say with Steerforth, Traddles, and the rest of those boys; and felt my hopes of growing up to be a learned and distinguished man, crushed in my bosom.
Although I was not in the habit of counting Drummle as one of my intimate associates, I answered, "Yes.
Such strange lingering echoes of the old demon-worship might perhaps even now be caught by the diligent listener among the grey-haired peasantry; for the rude mind with difficulty associates the ideas of power and benignity.
But wherefore let we then our faithful friends, Th' associates and copartners of our loss Lye thus astonisht on th' oblivious Pool, And call them not to share with us their part In this unhappy Mansion, or once more With rallied Arms to try what may be yet Regaind in Heav'n, or what more lost in Hell?
He looked anxiously to Athelstane, who had learned the accomplishments of the age, as if desiring that he should make some personal effort to recover the victory which was passing into the hands of the Templar and his associates.
She usually sat with her two favorite associates on a high window seat near the hearth.
Noureddin dared not appear all that day, and fearing to take refuge with his usual associates in case his father should seek him there, he spent the day in a secluded garden where he was not known.
Fellow-Citizens and Brethren, Associates of the New York Historical Society:
For of old I have had many accusers, who have accused me falsely to you during many years; and I am more afraid of them than of Anytus and his associates, who are dangerous, too, in their own way.
Independent of this motive of sympathy, if a large and influential State should happen to be the aggressing member, it would commonly have weight enough with its neighbors to win over some of them as associates to its cause.
Although, as boys, we had been even intimate associates, yet I really knew little of my friend.

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