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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To adopt or accept as a member, subordinate associate, or branch: The HMO affiliated the clinics last year.
  • transitive v. To associate (oneself) as a subordinate, subsidiary, employee, or member: affiliated herself with a new law firm.
  • transitive v. To assign the origin of.
  • intransitive v. To become closely connected or associated: The two unions voted to affiliate.
  • n. A person, organization, or establishment associated with another as a subordinate, subsidiary, or member: network affiliates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone or something that is affiliated, or associated; a member of a group of associated things.
  • v. To adopt; to receive into a family as a son; hence, to bring or receive into close connection; to ally.
  • v. To fix the paternity of; — said of an illegitimate child; as, to affiliate the child to (or on or upon) one man rather than another.
  • v. To connect in the way of descent; to trace origin to.
  • v. To attach (to) or unite (with); to receive into a society as a member, and initiate into its mysteries, plans, etc.; — followed by to or with.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To connect or associate one's self; -- followed by with.
  • transitive v. To adopt; to receive into a family as a son; hence, to bring or receive into close connection; to ally.
  • transitive v. To fix the paternity of; -- said of an illegitimate child.
  • transitive v. To connect in the way of descent; to trace origin to.
  • transitive v. To attach (to) or unite (with); to receive into a society as a member, and initiate into its mysteries, plans, etc.; -- followed by to or with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To adopt; receive into a family as a son or daughter; hence, to bring into intimate association or close connection.
  • In law, to fix the paternity of, as a bastard child: with upon: as, the mother affiliated her child upon John Doe.
  • To connect in the way of descent or derivation: with upon.
  • To associate; receive or establish on terms of fellowship.
  • To associate; consort; be intimately united in action or interest.
  • Occupying the position of or recognized as an adopted son; affiliated.
  • n. An affiliated person or institution, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a subordinate or subsidiary associate; a person who is affiliated with another or with an organization
  • v. keep company with; hang out with
  • v. join in an affiliation
  • n. a subsidiary or subordinate organization that is affiliated with another organization

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Medieval Latin affīliāre, to adopt : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin fīlius, son; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Late Latin adfiliare, affiliare ("to adopt as son"); ad + filius ("son"): compare French affilier.

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