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 The website does not affiliate Jenner with any political party. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Joy Behar apologizes for misgendering Caitlyn Jenner on 'The View,' blames lack of sleep," 24 Apr. 2021 Another path, more common for smaller hospitals, is to affiliate a service line with a larger facility. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "Hospitals post-pandemic: Six changes you’ll see in Cincinnati health care as crisis ebbs," 15 Apr. 2021 The position is technically non-partisan and doesn’t require candidates to affiliate with a party. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Superintendent race hits home stretch with Kerr, Underly offering different approaches to choice schools, diversifying workforce," 31 Mar. 2021 There are four Democrats, four Republicans and five people who don't affiliate with either major party who sit on the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Your questions about Michigan's new redistricting process answered," 28 Mar. 2021 Its pastor, Jim Conrad, also opposes the SBC's gender rules and is likely to affiliate with a Baptist denomination that allows female pastors. David Crary, Star Tribune, "Growing number of Southern Baptist women question roles," 24 Mar. 2021 Its pastor, Jim Conrad, also opposes the SBC’s gender rules and is likely to affiliate with a Baptist denomination that allows female pastors. David Crary, ajc, "Growing number of Southern Baptist women question roles," 24 Mar. 2021 Fabrizio polled registered Republicans and voters who affiliate as Republicans in late February and March to determine their support for the party in relation to Trump, who is mulling a third White House bid in 2024. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "'Can't ignore Newsmax or OAN': GOP candidates forced to rethink TV strategy," 21 Mar. 2021 Belonging is the human need to affiliate with others having similar values and meaning to experience fellowship in a safe and trusting environment. Brad Cousins, Forbes, "If You Can’t Inspire Them, Make Them Afraid? Instead, Go Beyond Leadership," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This offseason, the Hops moved up to become the full-season Single-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. oregonlive, "Dominic Canzone, Blaze Alexander hit home runs as Hillsboro Hops beat Everett in 2021 opener," 5 May 2021 And: Tuesday is the first game for the St. Paul Saints as the Class AAA affiliate of the Twins. Star Tribune, "The future of the Wolves' roster; 6-5 the hard way for the Wild and Twins," 4 May 2021 When San Antonio opens the 2021 campaign at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at Corpus Christi, the Missions will do so as the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "New-look San Antonio Missions to return to action after yearlong hiatus as Minor League Baseball season begins," 3 May 2021 Seventy years ago, in the spring of 1951, a renowned baseball prospect named Willie Mays played for the Minneapolis Millers, the top minor-league affiliate of the New York Giants. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Willie Mays was young. Jack Nicklaus was even younger, savoring glimpse of Say Hey Kid," 3 May 2021 The property was most recently acquired in 2012 by an affiliate of Cottonwood Residential, out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, "Tampa investment firm acquires Mobile apartment complex for $33 million," 3 May 2021 The Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice is Kentucky’s affiliate of the national Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Religious group says Louisville billboard owner removed its 'pro-choice, pro-faith' signs," 30 Apr. 2021 The industrial properties were sold by an affiliate of Dallas’ Billingsley Co. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Fort Worth investor grabs business park west of downtown Dallas," 29 Apr. 2021 Kitty Block, 56, is president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International, an affiliate. Washington Post, "Humane Society president discusses the surge of pet ownership during the pandemic — and what animals can teach us," 27 Apr. 2021

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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 May 2021

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“Affiliate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affiliate. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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 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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