1. Closely connected or joined with some other, as in interest, purpose, employment, or office; sharing responsibility or authority; as, an associate judge. While i descend . . . To my associate powers. (Milton)
2. Admitted to some, but not to all, rights and privileges; as, an associate member.
3. (Science: physiology) Connected by habit or sympathy; as, associate motions, such as occur sympathetically, in consequence of preceding motions.
Origin: L. Associatus, p. P.