affiliate

[v. uh-fil-ee-eyt; n. uh-fil-ee-it, -eyt]
verb (used with object), affiliated, affiliating.
1.
to bring into close association or connection: The research center is affiliated with the university.
2.
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.
3.
to trace the descent, derivation, or origin of: to affiliate a language.
4.
to adopt.
5.
Law. to fix the paternity of, as an illegitimate child: The mother affiliated her child upon John Doe.
verb (used without object), affiliated, affiliating.
6.
to associate oneself; be intimately united in action or interest.
noun
7.
a branch organization.
8.
Commerce.
a.
a business concern owned or controlled in whole or in part by another concern.
b.
a subsidiary.
9.
a person who is affiliated; associate; auxiliary.

Origin:
1755–65; < Latin affīliātus adopted as son (past participle of affīliāre), equivalent to af- af- + fīli(us) son + -ātus -ate1

affiliable [uh-fil-ee-uh-buhl] , adjective
affiliative [uh-fil-ee-ey-tiv, -fil-ee-uh-] , adjective
nonaffiliate, noun
nonaffiliating, adjective
preaffiliate, noun
preaffiliate, verb, preaffiliated, preaffiliating.
reaffiliate, verb, reaffiliated, reaffiliating.
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affiliate
 
vb
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
 
n
3.  a.  a person or organization that is affiliated with another
 b.  (as modifier): an affiliate member
 
[C18: from Medieval Latin affīliātus adopted as a son, from affīlīare, from Latin filius son]
 
affili'ation
 
n

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affiliate
1761, from L. affiliat-, pp. stem of affiliare "to adopt" (see affiliation). Outside legal use, always fig. The noun is attested from 1879.
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Example sentences
And rates of affiliative behaviors, such as males and females grooming each other or sitting together, soared.
Results suggest that affiliative goals may be more important among westerners than has been stated in the literature.
Affiliative qualities more than attachment qualities characterized their conscious views of romance.
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