affiliate

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verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: 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

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noun

af·​fil·​i·​ate ə-ˈfi-lē-ət How to pronounce affiliate (audio)
-ˌāt
: an affiliated person or organization
the network's local affiliates

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Businesses can affiliate their leadership, brands, support handles, employees or teams. Todd Spangler, Variety, 19 Dec. 2022 And yet according to the survey data when forced to choose this community seems to affiliate with a white Spanish identity, blanco. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2011 Similarly, previous research showed that dogs given oxytocin tend to approach and affiliate more with other dogs. Jason P. Dinh, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2022 The rule extends to affiliate marketers like Barstool via Ohio Adm. Code 3775-16-08(I). Jacob Grubman, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Many Chinese and secular Javanese became Christian because that was an open option available to (one had to affiliate with a religion in Indonesia during Suharto's regime) them. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 10 Aug. 2012 At the same time, the tally of Latinos who don’t affiliate with a religion rose by 9 percentage points. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Nov. 2022 More than 30% of the midterm voter pool, by one measure, were independent voters, or people who don’t affiliate with either political party. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2022 Neither sought to affiliate themselves with the judiciary while engaging in politics. Rachel Weiner, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2022
Noun
Rodney Wells, Nichols' stepfather, told CBS affiliate WREG-TV his stepson suffered a cardiac arrest and kidney failure because of a beating by the officers. CBS News, 27 Jan. 2023 Chafetz and Taub were experienced pilots, according to the owner of Daviation, a company in Willoughby, Ohio, per CBS affiliate WCBS-TV. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 20 Jan. 2023 The slot once held by the Houston NBC affiliate has instead been replaced with NBC's Early Today, which is actually anchored by Philip Mena, a former KPRC 2 weekend anchor. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 12 Jan. 2023 Start by using our affiliate links on this page to be directed to the DraftKings website. Catena Media, oregonlive, 6 Jan. 2023 Local media outlets, including NBC affiliate KHQ-TV, showed footage of Kohberger in a red jumpsuit being escorted by authorities on the ground. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2023 Authorities identified him Wednesday as Christian Helger, according to NBC affiliate KSL-TV. Doha Madani, NBC News, 4 Jan. 2023 Kate Corley, his daughter, confirmed her father’s death in a statement to CNN affiliate WFAA-TV. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 4 Jan. 2023 One man was killed and at least three individuals were injured in the shooting that erupted in a parking lot near Northwest 10th Street and North Hudson Avenue in the downtown area, according to ABC Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO-TV. William Mansell, ABC News, 1 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

1767, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1793, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affiliate was in 1767

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Cite this Entry

“Affiliate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affiliate. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

affiliate

1 of 2 verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate ə-ˈfil-ē-ˌāt How to pronounce affiliate (audio)
affiliated; affiliating
: to connect closely often as a member, branch, or associate
affiliation noun

affiliate

2 of 2 noun
af·​fil·​i·​ate ə-ˈfil-ē-ət How to pronounce affiliate (audio)
: an affiliated person or organization

Legal Definition

affiliate

1 of 2 verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce affiliate (audio)
affiliated; affiliating

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
affiliation noun

affiliate

2 of 2 noun
af·​fil·​i·​ate ə-ˈfi-lē-ət How to pronounce affiliate (audio)
: 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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