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

Example Sentences

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
Neither sought to affiliate themselves with the judiciary while engaging in politics. Rachel Weiner, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2022 Santa Rosa passed the legislation in August with a unanimous vote by the city council, which included five Democrats and two former Republicans who no longer affiliate with either party. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 The number of Americans who identify as agnostic, atheist or don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown dramatically since the 1990s, according to the research center. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2022 He also was ordered not to affiliate with any organization or volunteer group that would put him in contact with anyone under 18. oregonlive, 11 Oct. 2022 More than sixty per cent of Alaskans don’t affiliate with any major party, and the state has a long history of electing independent governors and senators through write-in campaigns. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2022 Indigenous remains and cultural items, affiliate them with their tribes of origin, and eventually return them. Graham Lee Brewer, NBC News, 4 Sep. 2022 Under Gonzalez’ leadership, United Farm Workers will affiliate with the federation after a two-decade hiatus, marking an effort to protect low-wage workers at risk of exploitation on the job. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2022 In 1855, the Chicago Tribune formally decided to affiliate with the nativist American or Know Nothing party. Chicago Tribune, 26 June 2022
Noun
Many subreddits have rules against people sharing affiliate links or personal YouTube channels. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 Turkish authorities blamed the attack on the PKK and its Syrian affiliate the YPG. Andrew Wilks, ajc, 20 Nov. 2022 The district attorney's office decided not to charge the deputies involved in that shooting, according to ABC affiliate station WJXX in Jacksonville. Kendall Ross, ABC News, 17 Nov. 2022 O’Bryant hit the skids when the Warriors sent him down to what was then called the D League, to their Bakersfield Jam affiliate. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. 2022 Taking notice While the Heat have recalled both forward Jamal Cain and center Orlando Robinson from their G League affiliate in recent days, another Heat camp prospect has been lighting it up for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 14 Nov. 2022 Plus customers, users who pay for the upgraded, ad-free version of the NBCUniversal platform, a 24/7 livestream for their local NBC affiliate station will launch beginning Nov. 8 and be available in all 210 markets by Nov. 30. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 8 Nov. 2022 As lord of Monday nights at NPR-affiliate station KCRW-FM, DJ Galván has revitalized the city’s airwaves with his positively zany playlists, effortlessly weaving in the sounds of Björk with up-and-coming L.A. bands like the Red Pears. Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2022 The group of tourists, who went down for a 30-minute tour on Sunday, included at least two people in their 70s, according to ABC affiliate station KNXV-TV. Maria Pasquini, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2022 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 4 Dec. 2022.

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

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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

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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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