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v. af·fil·i·at·ed, af·fil·i·at·ing, af·fil·i·ates

1. To adopt or accept as a member, subordinate associate, or branch: The HMO affiliated the clinics last year.

2. To associate (oneself) as a subordinate, subsidiary, employee, or member: affiliated herself with a new law firm.

3. To assign the origin of.


To become closely connected or associated: The two unions voted to affiliate.

n.(-?-?t, -?t?)

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

[Medieval Latin aff?li?re, to adopt : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin f?lius, son; see dh?(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

af·fil?i·a?tion n.

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1. (tr; foll by to or with) to receive into close connection or association (with a larger body, group, organization, etc); adopt as a member, branch, etc

2. (foll by with) to associate (oneself) or be associated, esp as a subordinate or subsidiary; bring or come into close connection: he affiliated himself with the Union.


a. a person or organization that is affiliated with another

b. (as modifier): an affiliate member.

[C18: from Medieval Latin aff?li?tus adopted as a son, from aff?l?are, from Latin filius son]

af?fili?ation n

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(v.??f?l i?e?t;n.-?t, -?e?t)

v. -at•ed, -at•ing,
n. v.t.

1. to bring into close association or connection: The center affiliated with the university.

2. to attach or unite on terms of fellowship; associate (usu. fol. by with).

3. to trace the derivation or origin of.


4. to associate oneself; be united.


5. a branch organization.

6. a business concern owned or controlled in whole or in part by another concern.

7. an affiliated person; associate.

[1755–65; aff?li?tus, past participle of aff?li?re to adopt as a son]

af•fil`i•a?tion, n.

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Noun 1. affiliate - a subordinate or subsidiary associateaffiliate - a subordinate or subsidiary associate; a person who is affiliated with another or with an organization

associate - a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor; "he had to consult his associate before continuing"

2. affiliate - a subsidiary or subordinate organization that is affiliated with another organization; "network affiliates"

organization, organisation - a group of people who work together

Verb 1. affiliate - keep company withaffiliate - keep company with; hang out with; "He associates with strange people"; "She affiliates with her colleagues"

assort, consort, associate

interact - act together or towards others or with others; "He should interact more with his colleagues"

ally - become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage; "He allied himself with the Communists"

go steady, date, go out, see - date regularly; have a steady relationship with; "Did you know that she is seeing an older man?"; "He is dating his former wife again!"

companion, company, keep company, accompany - be a companion to somebody

2. affiliate - join in an affiliation; "The two colleges affiliated"; "They affiliated with a national group"

join, fall in, get together - become part of; become a member of a group or organization; "He joined the Communist Party as a young man"

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verb associate, unite, join, link, ally, combine, connect, incorporate, annex, confederate, amalgamate, band together Staff associations may not affiliate with outside unions. All youth groups will have to affiliate to the agency.

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verbnoun1.One who is united in a relationship with another:

ally, associate, cohort, colleague, confederate, copartner, fellow, partner.

2.A local unit of a business or an auxiliary controlled by such a business:

branch, division, subsidiary.

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