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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Other Words from affiliate

Verb

affiliation \ ə-​ˌfi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce affiliation (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

During the school year, Schaefer’s program is loosely affiliated with the Denver school district, DPS spokesman Will Jones said. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "“Bill’s kids”: A 77-year-old Denverite has dedicated his life to coaching spelling for free “out of the goodness of his heart”," 10 June 2019 The prejudice against bigger bodies runs so deep that people just don’t want to affiliate themselves with bigger bodies. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Universal Standard wants to end the plus size binary once and for all," 9 June 2019 The all-female group is affiliated with Sweet Adelines International, according to its website. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Candidates battle for District E County Council seat," 15 June 2018 The events are affiliated with March for Our Lives, a series of events created by Parkland students to advocate for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Palm Beach school district abruptly cancels school security forum," 4 May 2018 The Independents weren't affiliated with a company or organization, so they were called the Independents. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Which Cities Would Deserve the Newest NFL Expansion Team?," 7 June 2019 Fleischli said many of the nearly 3,800 gas and convenience stores in Illinois are essentially small businesses, even though some may be affiliated with major oil brands. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois convenience stores see gas, cigarette tax hikes as 'devastating,' fear customers will flee across state lines," 4 June 2019 Prior to MetroHealth’s current contract with the Clinic and Akron Children’s, it was affiliated with just Akron Children’s. Ginger Christ, cleveland.com, "MetroHealth names University Hospitals new partner for pediatric care," 3 June 2019 The State Street column in some editions Monday incorrectly said he was affiliated with the National Action Network. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 15 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Sudan Doctors’ Committee, the medical affiliate of the SPA, said at least four people were killed on Sunday, including a young man who was shot dead by the RSF in Khartoum’s Bahri neighborhood. Bassam Hatoum, BostonGlobe.com, "Sudan’s protesters launch general strike after crackdown," 9 June 2019 Fans of the Hartford Yard Goats, an Eastern League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, were furious after Lipka opted to bunt to break up the potential no-hitter. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Yankees’ minor leaguer receives death threats after his bunt breaks up no-hitter," 7 June 2019 Barnes & Noble’s new owner, Elliott Advisors, is an affiliate of Elliott Management, an activist fund founded by Paul Singer. Alexandra Alter, New York Times, "Barnes & Noble Is Sold to Hedge Fund After a Tumultuous Year," 7 June 2019 Through an affiliate called SI 67, The Sobrato Organization bought the 2251 Lawson Lane office building that ServiceNow leased, according to public property documents filed with Santa Clara County officials on May 30. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "ServiceNow deal creates huge Santa Clara campus for tech firm," 6 June 2019 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. Peter Kuper, The New Yorker, "Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, June 5th," 5 June 2019 Its affiliate, Islamic Jihad, drove Americans out of much of Beirut by conducting suicide attacks against the U.S. Embassy and Marine barracks and kidnapping American citizens, a model Iran might now follow elsewhere in the Middle East. Suzan Haidamous, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah hard," 18 May 2019 Juan, your take on this event that took place, because none of these people were from Jacksonville, as one of the reporters put up this morning on WOKV, one of our affiliates on the radio. Fox News, "The life and legacy of Sen. John McCain," 28 Aug. 2018 The state sued Purdue Pharma and its affiliates, alleging deceptive marketing practices and laying blame with Purdue for the opioid epidemic. Author: Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge allows Alaska’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturer to proceed," 13 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 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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