affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce affiliate (audio) \
affiliated; affiliating

Definition of affiliate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring or receive into close connection as a member or branch The medical school is affiliated with a hospital.
b : to associate as a member affiliates herself with the local club
2 : to trace the origin of affiliated Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to earlier plays

intransitive verb

: to connect or associate oneself : combine refused to affiliate with any political party

affiliate

noun
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ət How to pronounce affiliate (audio) , -ˌāt\

Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an affiliated person or organization the network's local affiliates

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Synonyms for affiliate

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of affiliate in a Sentence

Verb Their group does not affiliate itself with any political party. Noun Two of the company's regional affiliates lost money in the past year. our local Humane Society is an affiliate of a national organization
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fischer co-authored the first record of the Spectacled Flowerpecker in 2016 but was not affiliated with the latest study. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "The Spectacled Flowerpecker Is Now Known to Science," 18 Oct. 2019 Others, particularly religiously affiliated and children’s hospitals, sought housing solutions as part of their charitable mission. Kaiser Health News, The Denver Post, "Why Denver Health and other hospitals are getting into the housing business," 7 Oct. 2019 About half of Houston private schools are religiously affiliated, and schools' student-to-teacher ratio is lower than the state private school average. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Find the right private school for your child," 15 Aug. 2019 Several cities, including Washington, New York and Philadelphia, saw competing Women’s Marches in January, with groups offering alternative rallies for women who didn’t want to affiliate with the national group. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Women’s March replaces three original leaders, after anti-Semitism accusations, with 16 board members," 16 Sep. 2019 Santander Bank What’s happening: Some 15,000 US tellers for Santander Bank attempted to unionize in 2017, led by the Committee for Better Banks (CBB), a workers group affiliated with the Communications Worker of America (CWA). Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Union pushes at places like YouTube and WeWork could transform white-collar work," 1 Sep. 2019 Every professional sports team wants to reach young fans and develop them to be affiliated and be a fan for life. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Cavaliers unveil plans for 'first-of-its kind’ esports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park," 18 July 2019 Police reports indicate both appear to be affiliated with Antifa. oregonlive.com, "Mayor Ted Wheeler, without plan in hand, rejects Portland protest violence," 8 July 2019 Classmate Kaitlyn Roeda, who also is a member of Lueck's sorority, described her as a model student to affiliate KSL. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Who was Mackenzie Lueck? Friends remember the slain Utah college student as a friendly 'ball of light'," 1 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Egypt has for years been battling a long-running insurgency in North Sinai that is now led by an Islamic State group affiliate. Washington Post, "Egypt officials: Attack kills 3 forces, 3 militants in Sinai," 14 Sep. 2019 Friends of passenger Berenice Felipe told local CBS affiliate KEYT that the 16-year-old’s body was the last to be recovered from the boat’s wreckage. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Last Missing Victim from Tragic California Boat Fire Found," 12 Sep. 2019 The non-denominational church, which has been around since the 1970s, is headquartered in El Centro, California with approximately 30 affiliate churches throughout the United States and Mexico. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "A church needed money, so members held homeless people captive and forced them to beg: Feds," 11 Sep. 2019 The getaway driver, Kevin Edwards, pleaded guilty this month in exchange for a 25-year sentence, CNN affiliate WLS-TV reported. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Tyshawn Lee, 9, killed in 'murderous rage' by gang members bent on revenge, prosecutor says," 17 Sep. 2019 As was Arsenal affiliates letting themselves down with their own hubris. SI.com, "90min's Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week Five," 16 Sep. 2019 The Sierra Club announced Monday that the agreement with Vistra Energy affiliate Illinois Power Resources Generating to close the E.D. Edwards coal plant in Peoria County will proceed to the federal judge hearing the case, the Journal Star reported. chicagotribune.com, "Vistra Energy agrees to close Peoria County coal plant in 2022," 16 Sep. 2019 Those three affiliates all reached the playoffs and a couple of them set league records along the way, validating the widespread opinion that the depth of the organization’s minor league talent has improved significantly. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: Multiple minor league playoff runs prove Orioles farm system has turned a corner," 15 Sep. 2019 At the end of every minor-league season, there are organizational staff departures around baseball around the many affiliates. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers part ways with minor-league staffers," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of affiliate

Verb

1767, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affiliate

Verb

probably from French affilier "to bring into close connection" (going back to Middle French, "to adopt as a son," borrowed from Medieval Latin affīliāre, from Latin ad- ad- + -fīliāre, verbal derivative of fīlius "son") + -ate entry 4 — more at feminine entry 1

Noun

derivative of affiliate entry 1

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of affiliate was in 1767

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affiliate

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of affiliate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to closely connect (something or yourself) with or to something (such as a program or organization) as a member or partner

affiliate

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an organization (such as a television station) that is a member of a larger organization (such as a national network)

affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce affiliate (audio) \
affiliated; affiliating

Kids Definition of affiliate

: to associate as a member or partner The spokesperson has long been affiliated with the charity.

affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce affiliate (audio) \
affiliated; affiliating

Legal Definition of affiliate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring or receive into close association as a member or division
2 : to join or associate as a member or division

intransitive verb

: to connect or associate oneself usually used with with has just affiliated with the huge corporation

Other Words from affiliate

affiliation \ ə-​ˌfi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce affiliation (audio) \ noun

affiliate

noun
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ət How to pronounce affiliate (audio) \

Legal Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an affiliated person or organization specifically : a business entity effectively controlling or controlled by another or associated with others under common ownership or control — compare parent sense 2, subsidiary

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