affiliate: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (v.u-fil'ē-āt"n.u-fil'ē-it, -āt"), [key]
— v., n. -at•ed, -at•ing,
  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 fol. 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. to fix the paternity of, as an illegitimate child: The mother affiliated her child upon John Doe.
  1. to associate oneself; be intimately united in action or interest.
  1. a branch organization.
    1. a business concern owned or controlled in whole or in part by another concern.
    2. a subsidiary.
  2. a person who is affiliated; associate; auxiliary.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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