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

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 The best appraisers choose not to work for these AMCs and instead affiliate with local lenders who better understand the local market and customs and pay market-level fees for appraisal services. Megan Micco, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 One thing all cultures have in common is the governing rules, norms and behaviors by which members chose to affiliate with the group. Brad Cousins, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Wu thinks the best brands (iconic names in sports, the arts) will want to affiliate with the best platforms. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Organizations equally struggle to articulate what is unique about their culture and why a diverse array of people affiliate with their organization. Brad Cousins, Forbes, 18 May 2021 On June 17, college leaders announced that Mills was in talks to affiliate with Northeastern University, a private research university in Boston, which would open the campus to male undergraduates. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 July 2021 As self-governing entities, Baptist churches can choose which groups to affiliate with and decide how much or how little to participate and donate. David Crary, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 Even as brands transform with tech, retailers such as Kroger KR -0.5% are taking bold steps to affiliate with and acquire technology. Louis Biscotti, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Costal Medical and Lifespan signed a letter of intent to affiliate in February 2020, and an asset purchase agreement in January 2021. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wednesday's killing marked the deadliest year for the city since 1990, Fox affiliate WTXF-TV reported. Fox News, 25 Nov. 2021 For the full story, visit local NBC affiliate WOOD-TV. NBC News, 24 Nov. 2021 When not crossing the boards, Beeks was also apparently an affiliate of the Oath Keepers, the far-right anti-government militia organization that participated in the Jan. 6 riots. Brent Lang, Variety, 24 Nov. 2021 The Justice Department said Beeks was an affiliate of the Oath Keepers, a far-right anti-government militia organization. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Nov. 2021 Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County, an affiliate of the global nonprofit organization, provides services for individuals in the cities of Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, 24 Nov. 2021 Waukesha residents packed a downtown park Monday night to remember the victims of the tragedy at the city's holiday parade the day before, CBS Milwaukee affiliate WDJT-TV reports. CBS News, 23 Nov. 2021 Despite tens of billions of dollars in aid, the country remains deeply unstable, with al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, controlling most of the country’s rural areas and staging attacks in cities almost daily. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Luis Suarez and Norma Franco, who recently died of COVID-19, were planning to tie the knot right after Thanksgiving, according to ABC affiliate WLS-TV. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 16 Nov. 2021

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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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The first known use of affiliate was in 1767

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“Affiliate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affiliate. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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 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 affiliate (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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