Meaning of “affiliate” in the English Dictionary

"affiliate" in American English

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affiliateverb [ I/T ]

us /əˈfɪl·iˌeɪt/

to become part of or form a close relationship with a group or organization:

[ T ] I’m not affiliated with any political party.
[ I ] The two schools will affiliate next year.
noun [ C/U ] us /əˌfɪl·iˈeɪ·ʃən/

[ C ] The group has affiliations with several organizations abroad.

affiliatenoun [ C ]

us /əˈfɪl·i·ət, -ˌeɪt/

one part of a larger group or organization:

The show is broadcast on most of the network’s affiliates.

(Definition of “affiliate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"affiliate" in Business English

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affiliatenoun [ C ]

uk /əˈfɪliət/ us

an organization that is officially connected with or controlled by another, usually larger, organization:

The study estimates that the school and its affiliates generate employment of 52,459 workers.
The company has sold its affiliate marketing business.

affiliateverb [ T, usually passive ]

uk /əˈfɪlieɪt/ us
be affiliated with/to sth

to be officially connected with or controlled by another, usually larger, company or organization:

The trust is affiliated with another nonprofit group.
In Dubai, most of the major hotels are affiliated to one of the several world-class golf courses.

(Definition of “affiliate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)