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 Companies’ rush to affiliate with the reduction of greenhouse gases is making a big business out of harnessing the methane seeping from heaps of organic waste. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Companies Seek to Green the Grid With Trash Gas," 28 Dec. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The local Black Lives Matter affiliate and Shutdown DC issued a joint statement Wednesday urging all downtown hotels to voluntarily close and pay their staffs. Ashraf Khalil, BostonGlobe.com, "Expecting trouble, D.C. locks down a week before inauguration," 14 Jan. 2021 The local Black Lives Matter affiliate and Shutdown DC issued a joint statement Wednesday urging all downtown hotels to voluntarily close and pay their staffs. Star Tribune, "Expecting trouble, DC locks down a week before inauguration," 13 Jan. 2021 In Lakeland, now the Low-A affiliate, Andrew Graham will continue as manager, joined by pitching coach Carlos Bohorquez and John Murrian. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' 2021 minor-league coaches: Full staffs for Triple-A Toledo, Double-A Erie and more," 12 Jan. 2021 In his 30 years as the coroner, Clevenger told CBS affiliate WSPA-TV this is unlike anything he's ever seen. CBS News, "Baby's remains found in wall during home renovations in South Carolina," 5 Jan. 2021 As a result, WKMG-Channel 6, the CBS affiliate in Orlando, will air the Dolphins game that will help determine whether the franchise clinches a playoff spot. Iliana Limón Romero, orlandosentinel.com, "Key Dolphins game to air on CBS in Orlando on Sunday," 28 Dec. 2020 But two others, a former political aide and a former lobbyist for Energy Harbor, the former FirstEnergy affiliate that owns the two nuclear plants, have pleaded guilty to racketeering charges. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ex-PUCO commissioners: Beef up Ohio HB6 investigations or lose public trust," 21 Dec. 2020 Her announcement came as the city formally withdrew a motion to prevent the CBS affiliate in Chicago from airing the video of police raiding the wrong home and handcuffing resident, Anjanette Young, who was naked. NBC News, "Chicago mayor says attempt to block video of raid on Anjanette Young's home 'a mistake'," 18 Dec. 2020 Transit authority officials and local affiliate FOX 5 Washington D.C. reported that the agent fired upon someone inside a train car just before 7 a.m. near the Medical Center station. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Person wounded during 'FBI agent-involved shooting' in Washington DC transit system," 16 Dec. 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

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The first known use of affiliate was in 1767

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Last Updated

7 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Affiliate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affiliate. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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 affiliate (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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