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 Fischer co-authored the first record of the Spectacled Flowerpecker in 2016 but was not affiliated with the latest study. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "The Spectacled Flowerpecker Is Now Known to Science," 18 Oct. 2019 Others, particularly religiously affiliated and children’s hospitals, sought housing solutions as part of their charitable mission. Kaiser Health News, The Denver Post, "Why Denver Health and other hospitals are getting into the housing business," 7 Oct. 2019 About half of Houston private schools are religiously affiliated, and schools' student-to-teacher ratio is lower than the state private school average. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Find the right private school for your child," 15 Aug. 2019 Several cities, including Washington, New York and Philadelphia, saw competing Women’s Marches in January, with groups offering alternative rallies for women who didn’t want to affiliate with the national group. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Women’s March replaces three original leaders, after anti-Semitism accusations, with 16 board members," 16 Sep. 2019 Santander Bank What’s happening: Some 15,000 US tellers for Santander Bank attempted to unionize in 2017, led by the Committee for Better Banks (CBB), a workers group affiliated with the Communications Worker of America (CWA). Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Union pushes at places like YouTube and WeWork could transform white-collar work," 1 Sep. 2019 Every professional sports team wants to reach young fans and develop them to be affiliated and be a fan for life. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Cavaliers unveil plans for 'first-of-its kind’ esports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park," 18 July 2019 Police reports indicate both appear to be affiliated with Antifa. oregonlive.com, "Mayor Ted Wheeler, without plan in hand, rejects Portland protest violence," 8 July 2019 Classmate Kaitlyn Roeda, who also is a member of Lueck's sorority, described her as a model student to affiliate KSL. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Who was Mackenzie Lueck? Friends remember the slain Utah college student as a friendly 'ball of light'," 1 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Heat are expected to recall guard Daryl Macon from their G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, in time for Tuesday’s game against the visiting Pistons. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat’s Justise Winslow out for third consecutive game as injuries mount," 11 Nov. 2019 The Rockets on Wednesday called up guard Michael Frazier from their G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets guard Eric Gordon ruled out for Warriors game," 6 Nov. 2019 Few franchises have been as progressive as the Warriors in their partnership with their G League affiliate. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why the Warriors’ disastrous start might be exactly what they need," 3 Nov. 2019 Brockington was an anchor at News 13 from 2001 to 2017, and before that, at NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2 from 1986 to 1989. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Former Orlando TV anchors: Where are they now?," 31 Oct. 2019 Later that same year, another person died when a car drove through a similar barrier on the second floor of the Golden Nugget garage, the local NBC affiliate reported. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Simple mistakes can lead to cars falling from parking garages in 'freak' accidents," 30 Oct. 2019 However, one option the Coyotes don’t have is sending Hayton to their AHL affiliate in Tucson. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Barrett Hayton is playing his way into staying with Arizona Coyotes," 30 Oct. 2019 The victims were a female and a male, but their relationship is unclear, according to NBC affiliate WTHR. Josiah Bates, Time, "2 People Dead After Car Falls From Parking Garage Fourth Floor in Indiana," 23 Oct. 2019 The companies named in the lawsuit represent 17 apartment complexes in Maryland controlled by the Kushner Cos. or managed by Westminster, its affiliate. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland AG sues Kushner apartment company, alleging thousands of violations while renting rodent-infested units," 23 Oct. 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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13 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for affiliate

The first known use of affiliate was in 1767

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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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