[verb uh-fil-ee-eyt; noun uh-fil-ee-it, -eyt]
- to bring into close association or connection: The research center is affiliated with the university.
- to attach or unite on terms of fellowship; associate (usually followed by with in U.S. usage, by to in Brit. usage): to affiliate with the church.
- to trace the descent, derivation, or origin of: to affiliate a language.
- to adopt.
- Law. to fix the paternity of, as an illegitimate child: The mother affiliated her child upon John Doe.
- to associate oneself; be intimately united in action or interest.
- a branch organization.
- a business concern owned or controlled in whole or in part by another concern.
- a subsidiary.
- a person who is affiliated; associate; auxiliary.
Origin of affiliate
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- (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
- (foll by with) to associate (oneself) or be associated, esp as a subordinate or subsidiary; bring or come into close connectionhe affiliated himself with the Union
- a person or organization that is affiliated with another
- (as modifier)an affiliate member
Word Origin for affiliate
C18: from Medieval Latin affīliātus adopted as a son, from affīlīare, from Latin filius son
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1761, from Latin affiliatus, past participle of affiliare "to adopt" (see affiliation). Outside legal use, always figurative. Related: Affiliated; affiliating.
1858, from affiliate (v.).
1846, from affiliate (v.).
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