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affiliate

[v. uh-fil-ee-eyt; n. uh-fil-ee-it, -eyt] /v. əˈfɪl iˌeɪt; n. əˈfɪl i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
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.
  1. a business concern owned or controlled in whole or in part by another concern.
  2. a subsidiary.
9.
a person who is affiliated; associate; auxiliary.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < Latin affīliātus adopted as son (past participle of affīliāre), equivalent to af- af- + fīli(us) son + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
affiliable
[uh-fil-ee-uh-buh l] /əˈfɪl i ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
affiliative
[uh-fil-ee-ey-tiv, -fil-ee-uh-] /əˈfɪl iˌeɪ tɪv, -ˈfɪl i ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonaffiliate, noun
nonaffiliating, adjective
preaffiliate, noun
preaffiliate, verb, preaffiliated, preaffiliating.
reaffiliate, verb, reaffiliated, reaffiliating.
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British Dictionary definitions for re-affiliate

affiliate

verb (əˈfɪlɪˌeɪt)
1.
(transitive; 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
noun (əˈfɪlɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
3.
  1. a person or organization that is affiliated with another
  2. (as modifier): an affiliate member
Derived Forms
affiliation, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin affīliātus adopted as a son, from affīlīare, from Latin filius son
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Word Origin and History for re-affiliate

affiliate

v.

1761, from Latin affiliatus, past participle of affiliare "to adopt" (see affiliation). Outside legal use, always figurative. Related: Affiliated; affiliating.

adj.

1858, from affiliate (v.).

n.

1846, from affiliate (v.).

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