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 Jewelry is an interesting way to affiliate ourselves. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: How an SDSU professor helped turn the ‘I Voted’ sticker into social-justice art," 29 Oct. 2020 Still, most of the voters — about 44% — who signed up before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped registration Oct. 15 did not affiliate with either major political party. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "Extension of registration deadline nets more than 35,000 new voters in Arizona," 16 Oct. 2020 Entire local police unions, which negotiate collective bargaining agreements for their members, can choose to affiliate with the group. Blake Ellis And Melanie Hicken, CNN, "Donations have surged to a 'scam' political group that claims to help police officers," 16 Oct. 2020 Nine in 10 who affiliate themselves with a religion believe in God, but so do 40% of those who don't. CBS News, "CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the Election & Survey Unit," 30 July 2020 Most who don't affiliate with a religion nevertheless believe in some sort of higher power. CBS News, "CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the Election & Survey Unit," 30 July 2020 Canonical research in social psychology showed that fear and anxiety lead people to affiliate with those around them. Time, "How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Opening the Door to Universal Social Policies in the U.S.," 17 June 2020 Hotel management company Montage International began providing employees with memberships to One Medical, a service providing virtual and in-office care, which is affiliated with 1Life Healthcare Inc. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, "No More Pizza Fridays: Companies Find New Perks for the Remote Worker," 8 June 2020 Greater Friendship became the first black church to affiliate with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Anchorage made its mark in Alaska and civil rights history," 7 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On November 11, Boosie Badazz affiliate Mo3 was shot and killed in his native Dallas. Brooklyn White, Essence, "Rapper Mo3 Shot And Killed In Dallas," 12 Nov. 2020 Islamic militant groups and a regional affiliate of the Islamic State group are known to be active in Sinai. Josef Federman, USA TODAY, "Peacekeeping force says 8 people killed, 6 of them Americans, in Egypt helicopter crash," 12 Nov. 2020 Could the Twins add St. Paul for Class AAA and another somewhat closer affiliate for Class AA? Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "A Twins minor league affiliate in St. Paul would be a big win for fans," 11 Nov. 2020 The Irgens Partners LLC development firm has been seeking to purchase about 29 acres from a UWM affiliate at the Innovation Campus site. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UWM's plan to replace Wauwatosa research buildings with a proposed business park wins County Board approval," 10 Nov. 2020 The dog was also shot and treated at Blue Pearl Animal Hospital, CBS affiliate WTVF reports. CBS News, "Dispute over dog leads to 8 people and dog being shot in Nashville," 9 Nov. 2020 The posts were no longer visible Sunday, but NBC affiliate KARK of Little Rock published screenshots of some of them. NBC News, "Arkansas police chief resigns after appearing to call for violence over election," 9 Nov. 2020 The last person from Hawaii to win Miss Teen USA was Kelly Hu in 1985, according to CNN affiliate KHON. Marika Gerken, CNN, "Hawaii's Ki'ilani Arruda crowned Miss Teen USA 2020," 8 Nov. 2020 The officers were answering a report of a hit-and-run when the suspect opened fire, according to officials and local affiliate FOX6 News Milwaukee. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "2 police officers shot in Wisconsin, armed suspect on the loose: report," 6 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for affiliate

Time Traveler

The first known use of affiliate was in 1767

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Last Updated

2 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Affiliate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affiliate. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for affiliate

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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