The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Associate \As*so"ci*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Associated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Associating.] [L. associatus, p. p. of
associare; ad + sociare to join or unite, socius companion.
1. To join with one, as a friend, companion, partner, or
confederate; as, to associate others with us in business,
or in an enterprise.
2. To join or connect; to combine in acting; as, particles of
gold associated with other substances.
3. To connect or place together in thought.
He succeeded in associating his name inseparably
with some names which will last as long as our
4. To accompany; to keep company with. [Obs.]
Friends should associate friends in grief and woe.