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associate with

1. To have a relationship with someone. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun can be used between "associate" and "with." I don't associate with criminals like him. I think he's happy to associate himself with successful people like us.
2. To connect various people or things in one's mind, usually for a specific reason that is unique to that person. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "associate" and "with." I associate the smell of cinnamon with Christmas because of the cookies my mother used to bake every year. He always associates Liz with me because he met us at the same time.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

associate oneself with someone or something

to join someone or something as a partner or friend. I wanted to associate myself with a prestigious law firm. She associated herself with people of low repute.
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associate someone or something with someone or something

to link someone or something [in one's mind] to someone or something else. (Something and someone can occur in all possible combinations.) I always associate Walter with pizza for some reason. I associate pizza with stringy cheese.
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associate with someone

to be friendly with someone; to be acquainted with someone socially in a work setting. We seek to associate with persons like ourselves. I like to associate with interesting people.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

associate with

1. To keep company with someone or some group: They are very snobbish and don't associate with people from our side of town.
2. To link something in the mind with something else: People often associate sunny weather with happiness.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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We always want to associate with someone who reflects the same quality as us," he said on Monday.
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After avoiding being killed by them, with the help of Riff and a bit of subterfuge, he returns to the Upper Decks, but from then on is ostracised by friends and the other power hungry families who won't associate with someone who has been Below.
"If you associate with someone who carries a weapon, you are putting yourself in harm's way because you are more likely to be injured or killed yourself."
"Most women want to associate with someone more real - slimming down to a size zero, especially after childbirth, is not achievable for the rest of us, and I think people are becoming less interested in seeing these shocking pictures of her in the media.
"I cannot fully associate with someone who can't read the tea leaf."
As a guitarist, he showed an impressive command of traditional, classical and jazz styles, but this 55 year-old musician wore few of the debilitating scars you'd associate with someone who'd been plying their trade on the folk scene since the mid-1960s.
In the case of Michael Jackson, his selfprofessed pal Uri Geller just refuses to acknowledge even the vaguest chance that Jackson might be an abuser on the grounds that he himself is a father and he would never associate with someone capable of such a thing.
I don't think horror would be the term I would associate with someone keeping their virtue."
If you're a beginner, read every book you can, and then associate with someone who actually has horses.
Charles, while watching a movie about green slime, exhibits all the outward characteristics that we associate with someone who is genuinely scared.
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