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

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

Dixon’s criminal complaint, filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, doesn’t outline exactly how authorities came to suspect that Dixon was affiliated with a Felony Lane Gang. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, "Is the Felony Lane Gang at it again? Man held in ID theft heist," 17 Sep. 2019 It is not affiliated with the U.N. He was photographed at least twice with Cindy Yang, a Republican donor and former Florida massage parlor owner who organized Mar-a-Lago events. chicagotribune.com, "Chinese businesswoman convicted in Mar-a-Lago trespass case," 12 Sep. 2019 Unlike Omar and Tlaib, they were not affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, a diffuse and fractious pro-Palestinian effort with plenty of ideological ambiguity. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "What Israeli and Palestinian Activists Had Hoped to Tell Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib," 20 Aug. 2019 An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that she was affiliated with the University of San Diego. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, "How Early Do Cultural Differences Start?," 11 July 2019 Property records show the building’s owner as 300 Convent LLC, which is affiliated with the Patrinely Group. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "USAA Real Estate wants OCI Solar Power out of San Antonio headquarters, lawsuit alleges," 9 Sep. 2019 Jurczyk would make comments to get a reaction out of people, no matter what political party they were affiliated with. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "German solider captured after the Battle of the Bulge remembered for living the American dream," 15 Aug. 2019 And because it's professionally affiliated, this job site also has relatively little spam. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "15 Best Job Search Sites to Land Your Dream Gig," 23 July 2019 Although the Center is located on the campus of Purdue University Northwest, it is not affiliated with the school and is run independently. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Challenger Learning Center opens doors for kids to explore to the cosmos," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The shooting broke out in the city's downtown area around 9:30 p.m. local time, CBS affiliate KOIN-TV reported. CBS News, "Seattle shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 injured," 14 Sep. 2019 Moscow has been accused of aiding the Taliban as a safeguard against a burgeoning Islamic State affiliate that has close ties to the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, a militant group in Central Asia. BostonGlobe.com, "Taliban visits Moscow days after Trump says talks ‘dead’ - The Boston Globe," 14 Sep. 2019 He was slated to spend a week playing in games for the affiliate. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers say it’s ‘very unlikely’ rookie Alex Verdugo will be ready for the NLDS," 13 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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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 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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