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affiliate (v.)

1761, "bring into close association," from Latin affiliatus, past participle of affiliare "to adopt a son," from ad "to" (see ad-) + filius "son" (see filial). Outside legal use, always figurative. Related: Affiliated; affiliating.

affiliate (adj.)

"taken into close association," 1858, from affiliate (v.).

affiliate (n.)

1846, from affiliate (v.) via the adjective. Compare associate (n.). Affiliated society in reference to a local society connected with another or associated with a central organization is from 1795.

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Definitions of affiliate
1
affiliate (v.)
keep company with; hang out with;
She affiliates with her colleagues
Synonyms: consort / associate / assort
affiliate (v.)
join in an affiliation;
The two colleges affiliated
They affiliated with a national group
2
affiliate (n.)
a subordinate or subsidiary associate; a person who is affiliated with another or with an organization;
affiliate (n.)
a subsidiary or subordinate organization that is affiliated with another organization;
network affiliates
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