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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. A noun 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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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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associate with

v.
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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We're known for that space and we wanted to associate with something which is recognised for its calibre as well.
"We really do piggyback the success they have had and to associate with something good for a change rather than the fact Ledley's gone or things like that.
H V Sheshadri, senior deputy general manager of risk at the bank, said, AoOur motto at Bank Sohar is to excel, and weAAEre happy to associate with something that rewards excellence.Ao Al Madina AAAEZarqa is the co-sponsor and the event is supported by African and Eastern.
They're the ones who made the decisions early on to assemble and associate with something different, something small, to oppose the majority.
It arrived shortly after our pear juices which were served with the sort of ceremony you would associate with something ancient retrieved from the bowels of a posh cellar.
I do not go to church and don't feel the need to associate with something that is the root cause of so many world problems.
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