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 Until then, Old Town hotels, like the Relais & Châteaux–affiliated Hotel Époque, are excellent choices. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "These Lesser-visited European Cities Have the Culture Without the Crowds," 17 May 2020 Other major hospitals in New York City, including those affiliated with New York and Columbia universities, have launched similar efforts. Los Angeles Times, "Hospitals prepare for wave of mental health disorders among their workers," 6 May 2020 While there’s an increasingly influential angel investor community building in Nigeria and across the continent, there have been fewer opportunities open to non-professional or sector-affiliated investors. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "A new Nigerian VC is trying to democratize startup funding for everyday investors," 16 Apr. 2020 Especially his dad was running things [in the Santos], goes in [jail], comes back out and is non-affiliated. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""On My Block" Star Julio Macias on Why Spooky Still Might Be a Bad Guy After The Season 3 Finale," 21 Mar. 2020 The 85-member bargaining unit will affiliate with OPEIU Local 153 in New York. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kickstarter Unionizes, With Goals That Echo Hollywood Guilds’ Creative Rights," 19 Feb. 2020 Disney sent a letter in March ordering DisGear to stop selling the items, saying the public might mistake the merchandise for being affiliated with Disney, according to court documents. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney and Lucasfilm sue Winter Garden company over copyright infringement," 10 Dec. 2019 The Politicians Vying to Become Labour Leader The next hurdle for candidates is winning enough support from groups affiliated to the party, including trades unions. Tim Ross, Bloomberg.com, "Five MPs Vie to Succeed Corbyn as U.K. Labour Leader," 10 May 2020 Leading those calls were several groups affiliated with the African American Coalition of Indianapolis, including Indiana Black Expo and the Indianapolis Urban League. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Hogsett, Mears ask for outside help on IMPD shooting investigations," 8 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While there was initially some disagreement within Cosatu as some affiliate unions were concerned about the plan consultations have now been held, Matthew Parks, the coordinator, said. Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg.com, "Cosatu Expects its Eskom Plan to Be Completed Within Weeks," 10 May 2020 CBS Fairmont Crossing purchased Fairmont Crossing, a 6,656-square foot center at 4835 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena, from an affiliate of Williamsburg Enterprises. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Retail wrap: Montrose shopping development fills with tenants," 8 May 2020 Finlandia University is an affiliate member that competes in the MIAA for football. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Division III sports expected to return this fall, school presidents announce," 8 May 2020 TGen, which is based in Phoenix, is an affiliate of the City of Hope, an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "TGen partners with a Phoenix-area hospital system to test COVID-19 treatment," 5 May 2020 It was sold a year ago to an affiliate of Continuum Architects and Planners, which moved its offices there. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Historic district endorsed for downtown block with George Watts building," 5 May 2020 Tonight's show is from 8 to 10 p.m. on NBC affiliate WLWT. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "'The Voice': Mason singer Michael Williams learns if he continues on show tonight," 4 May 2020 During a story on the reopening of the state's beaches, ABC News' Panama City affiliate spoke with the Grim Reaper, who was busy protesting the loosening of coronavirus restrictions before the danger of COVID-19 had fully passed. TheWeek, "A local Florida news station just interviewed the Grim Reaper," 1 May 2020 Jupiter Spirit is operated by Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co., an affiliate of the Japanese carmaker and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. Chester Dawson, Fortune, "From cargo ships to fairgrounds—as backlog of cars grows, importers search for storage space," 1 May 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

28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Affiliate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affiliate. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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 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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