affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt \
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, -ˌāt\

Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an affiliated person or organization the network's local affiliates

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Other Words from affiliate

Verb

affiliation \ ə-​ˌfi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən \ noun

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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When the plan was announced, some scientists affiliated with the mission expressed concern that pegging this active-listening period to the atmospheric opacity would start the clock on Opportunity too soon. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "NASA Starts 45-Day Clock to Contact Mars Rover Opportunity as Dust Storm Wanes," 12 Sep. 2018 For an upscale meal, visit Arethusa al tavolo in Bantam, which is affiliated with a local dairy farm owned by two Manolo Blahnik executives and has been named by OpenTable as one of the 100 best restaurants in America. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in New England," 23 July 2018 But according to Chelsea Wood, a conservation ecologist at the University of Washington who is not affiliated with PREDICT, this is likely only the tip of the iceberg. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Never-Before-Seen Virus Has Been Detected in Myanmar’s Bats," 11 July 2018 One person was killed in the crash, and that person was from Argentina and was not affiliated with the school, according to statements from Providence Day. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "Days after deadly Buenos Aires bus crash, Providence Day leaders rush to Argentina," 19 June 2018 For a brief period last year, an African-American congressman — who had once been affiliated with the Nation of Islam — was a leading candidate for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "John Bolton and The Anti-Muslim Bigotry of Mainstream Conservatism," 27 Mar. 2018 Knight was a basketball operations assistant in the 2016-17 season for the Northern Arizona Suns of the developmental G League, a team affiliated with the NBA's Phoenix Suns. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Former UCLA basketball star found dead after recording heartbreaking video," 11 July 2018 Steven was a longtime member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers AFL-CIO affiliated with District Lodge 26. courant.com, "Steven K. Pisieczko," 3 July 2018 Students and advocacy organizers affiliated with March For Our Lives launched the national tour on June 15 in Chicago, planning stops through mid-August. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "National March For Our Lives tour making July stop in Houston," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Others still are spam blogs filled with affiliate links to e-commerce sites. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How to win (or at least not lose) the war on phishing? Enlist machine learning," 7 Aug. 2018 The buyer is an affiliate of TH Real Estate, the mammoth investment management arm of TIAA, with $114 billion worth of assets under management. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "A multimillion-dollar deal shows why Charlotte’s apartment boom is still going strong," 13 July 2018 Last season, the Yard Goats, the Double A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, moved into Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "How Local Businessman Bruce Mandell Brought Pro Soccer To Hartford," 13 July 2018 An attorney representing an affiliate of Schlitterbahn, the Texas company that built a water park in western Wyandotte County, said on Thursday that the company plans to begin tearing down the slide about a week after Labor Day. Steve Vockrodt And Lauren Fox, kansascity, "Schlitterbahn to tear down Verruckt water slide in KCK where young boy died in 2016," 12 July 2018 Police were also looking for the female who called 911, according to NBC affiliate KARE. Jacob Taylor /, NBC News, "Viral video of handcuffed black teens in Minneapolis sparks police investigation," 12 July 2018 In his first rehab game with the Aces, Souza went 2-for-4 in a loss to the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, Wash. Pollock went 0 for 4 and Delgado threw a scoreless inning in relief. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks place Deven Marrero on DL, recall Jimmie Sherfy," 30 June 2018 An increasingly powerful Islamic State affiliate has also stepped up attacks in recent months. Matthew Lee, The Seattle Times, "Pompeo pushes peace talks on unannounced trip to Afghanistan," 9 July 2018 An increasingly powerful Islamic State affiliate has also stepped up attacks in recent months. Matthew Lee, USA TODAY, "Pompeo pushes peace talks on unannounced trip to Afghanistan," 9 July 2018

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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 \
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 \
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 \ noun

affiliate

noun
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ə-ˈfi-lē-ət \

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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