affiliate

verb
af·fil·i·ate | \ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt \
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, -ˌāt\

Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from affiliate

Verb

affiliation \ə-ˌfi-lē-ˈā-shən \ noun

Synonyms for affiliate

Synonyms: Noun

branch, cell, chapter, council, local

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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

Local company 3N Management Development sold the 6.6-acre Republic at Alamo Heights complex, at 1111 Austin Highway, to a company affiliated with Avesta Holdings of Tampa, Florida on June 7. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Out-of-state investors continue buying San Antonio apartment complexes," 25 June 2018 The new filings reflect a change in the structure of Ivanka Trump's payments from limited liability companies affiliated with the Trump Organization. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner made $82M in outside income in 2017, filing shows," 11 June 2018 After investigating, police found Young was not affiliated with the fire department and that there wasn’t a fire, police said. Sandra Gomez-aceves, courant.com, "Norwich Man Charged With Criminal Impersonation," 9 June 2018 The ruling likely will set off a flurry of activity, said Lou Blessing, a former state representative from Southwest Ohio who now works as a lobbyist for a real-estate company affiliated with Penn National. Rich Exner & Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Sports wagering could be heading to Ohio after Supreme Court ruling," 14 May 2018 Our analysis suggests these accounts and Pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Facebook Haunted by Its Handling of 2016 Election Meddling," 20 Mar. 2018 Many motorcycle dealerships offer rentals not affiliated with EagleRider and prefer to run that business themselves. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "EagleRider expands motorcycle rentals at Harley-Davidson dealerships," 14 Mar. 2018 All products are available through Athalonz’s website, and they are affiliated with the national D-BAT training facilities franchise, two of which are located in Mesa and Peoria. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Athalonz's Tim Markison helping make sports 'healthy for the future'," 28 June 2018 But Jill McCabe received those donations from a PAC affiliated with then-Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe before McCabe oversaw the Clinton probe. Laura Jarrett, CNN, "What to know about the IG report on the Clinton e-mail investigation," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An increasingly powerful Islamic State affiliate has also stepped up attacks in recent months. Matthew Lee, The Seattle Times, "Pompeo pushes peace talks on unannounced trip to Afghanistan," 9 July 2018 An increasingly powerful Islamic State affiliate has also stepped up attacks in recent months. Matthew Lee, USA TODAY, "Pompeo pushes peace talks on unannounced trip to Afghanistan," 9 July 2018 An increasingly powerful Islamic State affiliate has also stepped up attacks in recent months. Matthew Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Pompeo pushes peace talks on unannounced trip to Afghanistan," 9 July 2018 Even as the Afghan government and the United States have pushed for peace talks to end the 17-year war with the Taliban, officials remain on alert that the small Islamic State affiliate could play spoiler. New York Times, "Sikhs and Hindus Bear Brunt of Latest Afghanistan Suicide Attack," 1 July 2018 Through it all, the affable playmaker remained in contact with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, leading to an opportunity in 2016 to become an assistant coach for the team's developmental-league affiliate, the G League Sioux Falls Skyforce. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Anthony Carter still scrapping for Heat, this time in coach mode," 13 July 2018 Tebow is in his first season with the New York Mets’ Class AA affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tim Tebow smacks double in Eastern League All-Star Game," 12 July 2018 However, as noted by local news station and NBC affiliate KXAN, witnesses took cell phone footage of the incident that depicted a different story. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A Man Allegedly Shot and Killed a Teen for Setting Off Fireworks on July 4th," 8 July 2018 To get valuable minutes, Korkmaz played nine games for the team’s NBA G-League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Furkan Korkmaz looking to showcase skills in NBA Summer League," 6 July 2018

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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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affiliate

verb

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

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 \
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 \
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 \ noun

affiliate

noun
af·fil·i·ate | \ə-ˈfi-lē-ət \

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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