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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Wall Street Journal Dozens of fast food restaurant franchises, including those affiliated with Taco Bell and Dairy Queen, are using AI to track their employees and analyze their work performance. Emma Burleigh, Fortune, 27 Feb. 2024 In 2023, the group had to defend itself in an ongoing lawsuit alleging that its promotion of hydroxychloroquine led to the death of a Nevada man who had been prescribed the anti-malarial drug by a doctor affiliated with the organization. Lauren Weber, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2024 The Medical Exams Since 1987, doctors with IU Health, a healthcare system affiliated with Indiana University School of Medicine, perform x-rays, MRIs, echocardiograms, EKGs, blood and drug tests, and other exams at each year’s Combine. Chris Deubert, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Cowles said that his colleagues can't expect to agree with every opinion of every appointee, especially when they're appointed by a governor affiliated with the opposing political party. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 19 Feb. 2024 The district's School Board voted 4-3 last week for the clinic that will be operated by Mainline Health Services that has clinics affiliated with schools in different parts of the state. Cynthia Howell, arkansasonline.com, 18 Feb. 2024 The hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman, a Harvard donor, demanded that the university release the names of students affiliated with the 30 campus groups that initially endorsed the letter, so employers could avoid hiring them. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Jewish students were told to hide references to Israel from the vigil and to remove the word ‘Jewish’ from all literature affiliated with the event. Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, 16 Feb. 2024 The new project is currently in production in Korea and EST N8 will launch it for the first time to potential buyers at the EFM, the rights sales market affiliated with the Berlin Film Festival. Patrick Frater, Variety, 15 Feb. 2024
Noun
Smith said that the bill is a continuation of Republican efforts to block Planned Parenthood’s two affiliates in Missouri from receiving taxpayer dollars through the state’s Medicaid program. Anna Sago, Kansas City Star, 29 Feb. 2024 The New Yorker may earn a portion of sales from products and services that are purchased through links on our site as part of our affiliate partnerships with retailers. Gila Pfeffer, The New Yorker, 29 Feb. 2024 Florida Humanities, the statewide nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is hosting the first Florida Humanities Festival: South Florida at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, featuring community conversations, art tours, a film screening, live music and dance. Amanda Rosa, Miami Herald, 29 Feb. 2024 Blast artists are featured on the weekly local music show on the area’s NPR affiliate, WLRH, who also run PSAs promoting the program. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 28 Feb. 2024 The new venture — Star India Private Limited — will be controlled by Reliance, with its affiliates holding a collective 63% stake, while Disney will own the rest. William Gavin, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2024 The teen is being prosecuted as an adult, according to the Alaska Department of Law, NBC affiliate KTUU of Anchorage reported. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 27 Feb. 2024 The Hawkins County Rescue Squad extricated one person from the crash site and airlifted them from the scene near Willow Road in northern Tennessee, ABC affiliate WAVE reported. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 27 Feb. 2024 Texas officials have ordered residents to evacuate in the communities of Canadian, Glazier and Higgins, local ABC affiliate KVII reported, with other evacuation orders in parts of Hemphill and Roberts counties. Brian Bushard, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 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 Mar. 2024.

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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