Affiliate meaning

ə-fĭlē-āt
An affiliate is defined as a person who is in some way connected to another person or organization.

An example of an affiliate would be a journalist for a newspaper.

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To assign the origin of.
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Affiliate means to connect yourself with someone or something else.

An example of affiliate is when a person joins an organization.

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To adopt or accept as a member, subordinate associate, or branch.

The HMO affiliated the clinics last year.

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To associate (oneself) as a subordinate, subsidiary, employee, or member.

Affiliated herself with a new law firm.

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To become closely connected or associated.

The two unions voted to affiliate.

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A person, organization, or establishment associated with another as a subordinate, subsidiary, or member.

Network affiliates.

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To take in as a member or branch.
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To connect or associate (oneself) with an organization, movement, etc.
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To trace the origins or source of; specif., to determine legally the paternity of.
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To associate oneself; join.
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An affiliated individual or organization; member.
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A corporation that is related to another corporation by one owning shares of the other, by common ownership, or by other means of control. See also company (parent) and subsidiary.
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Someone or something that is affiliated, or associated; a member of a group of associated things.

The local channel was an affiliate of a national network.

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To adopt; to receive into a family as a son; hence, to bring or receive into close connection; to ally.
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To fix the paternity of; — said of an illegitimate child.

To affiliate the child to (on or upon) one man rather than another.

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To connect in the way of descent; to trace origin to.
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(intransitive) To attach (to) or unite (with); to receive into a society as a member, and initiate into its mysteries, plans, etc.; — followed by to or with.
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The definition of an affiliate is an arm of an organization or a subsidiary.

An example of an affiliate is a local Fox station that is overseen by the larger organization of Fox.

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Origin of affiliate

  • Medieval Latin affīliāre to adopt Latin ad- ad- Latin fīlius son dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Late Latin adfiliare, affiliare (“to adopt as son”); ad + filius (“son”): compare French affilier.

    From Wiktionary