Quick answer
"Colleague" is a noun which is often translated as "el/la colega", and "associate" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "asociar". Learn more about the difference between "colleague" and "associate" below.
colleague(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el colega
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la colega
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
One of Daphne's colleagues at the newspaper helped her to make contact with the Secretary of Labor.Uno de los colegas de Daphne del periódico la ayudó a contactar al Secretario de Trabajo.
b. el compañero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la compañera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I have a programmer colleague who can improve your website.Tengo un compañero programador que puede mejorar tu sitio web.
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associate(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to connect in one's mind)
a. asociar
Many people associate this country with drug trafficking.Mucha gente asocia este país con el narcotráfico.
b. relacionar
I want my students to associate these concepts with real life.Quiero que mis alumnos relacionen estos conceptos con la vida real.
2. (to connect)
a. asociar
It has been proven that depression is associated with an increased risk of stroke.Se ha demostrado que la depresión lleva asociado un mayor riesgo de derrame cerebral.
b. vincular
For years now, she's been associated with the organization.Lleva ya años vinculada a la organización.
c. tener que ver
I'm not associated with those people.Yo no tengo nada que ver con esa gente.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to mix)
a. relacionarse
Although she's not an artist herself, she's always associated with lots of painters and sculptors.A pesar de no ser una artista, siempre se ha relacionado con muchos pintores y escultores.
b. tener tratos con
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
In Chicago, he associated with some of the most wanted criminals of the day.En Chicago, tuvo tratos con algunos de los criminales más buscados de la época.
4. (to form a partnership)
a. asociarse
Mark is associating with a foreign investor to expand his business.Mark se va a asociar con un inversionista extranjero para expandir su negocio.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (partner in business)
a. el asociado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la asociada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm having some disagreements with my associate.Mi asociado y yo estamos teniendo algunos desacuerdos.
b. el socio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la socia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We have been associates in this business since 1990.Hemos sido socios en este negocio desde 1990.
6. (coworker)
a. el colega
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la colega
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Claudia and her associates are working on a new project.Claudia y sus colegas están trabajando en un proyecto nuevo.
7. (member of a professional body)
a. el colegiado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la colegiada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
As an associate, you must abide by our professional code of conduct.Como colegiado, usted debe atenerse a nuestro código de conducta profesional.
8. (not full member)
a. el miembro no numerario
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la miembra no numeraria
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
All our associates can now apply for full membership.Todos nuestros miembros no numerarios pueden solicitar ahora la membresía de pleno derecho.
9. (accomplice)
a. el cómplice
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la cómplice
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She and her associate were captured by the police.Ella y su cómplice fueron capturados por la policía.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
10. (being a partner in business)
a. asociado
This is an associate company of a big corporation.Se trata de una empresa asociada a una gran corporación.
11. (not full)
a. no numerario (member)
Associate members of the organization don't have a vote.Los miembros no numerarios de la organización no tienen voto.
12. (holding a subordinate position)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. adjunto (professor or director)
Kate got a position as an associate professor after finishing her PhD.Kate obtuvo un puesto como profesora adjunta al terminar su doctorado.
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