Verb affiliate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


affiliate (third-person singular simple present affiliates, present participle affiliating, simple past and past participle affiliated)

  1. (transitive) To adopt; to receive into a family as one's offspring
  2. (transitive) to bring or receive into close connection; to ally.
  3. (transitive, said of an illegitimate child) To fix the paternity of
  4. (transitive) To connect in the way of descent; to trace origin to.
  5. (intransitive, followed by "to" or "with") To attach (to) or unite (with); to receive into a society as a member, and initiate into its mysteries, plans, etc.

More definition: bring into close association or connection, The research center is affiliated with the university. 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. trace the descent, derivation, or origin of, to affiliate a language. adopt.

5.Law. to fix the paternity of, as an illegitimate child, The mother affiliated her child upon John Doe. associate oneself; be intimately united in action or interest.

7.a branch organization.

8.Commerce. a business concern owned or controlled in whole or in part by another concern. a subsidiary.

9.a person who is affiliated; associate; auxiliary.

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.a person or organization that is affiliated with another (as modifier), an affiliate memberDerived Formsaffiliation, noun Word OriginC18, from Medieval Latin affīliātus adopted as a son, from affīlīare, from Latin filius sonCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.).


Libanius) anxious to affiliate themselves to the Attic Ionians - an anxiety which is illustrated by the Athenian types used on the city's coins.

The Aryan Hellenes found in many of the conquered lands the predominant cult of a mother-goddess, to whom they gradually had to affiliate their own High God: and in Crete they found her cult associated with the figure of.

Moreover, as the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature, much as the Compleat Angler did for that gentle art, we must affiliate to it the more finished products of later writers like Thoreau or Richard Jefferies.

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