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part of speech: verb
pronunciation: fI li eIt
inflections: affiliates, affiliating, affiliated
definition: to join as a member or smaller branch of (usually followed by "with").
Our school's science club affiliated itself with the national science club.
similar words:
ally, associate, combine, connect, unite
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: fI li t
definition: a person or group that is connected with another similar, larger group.
My Boy Scout troop is an affiliate of Boys Scouts of America.
similar words:
division, section
derivations: affiliable (adj.), affiliated (adj.), affiliation (n.)
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The word affiliate contains the following parts:
af- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix af- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "f," such as fil1 and fix. See ad-.
fil1 Latin root that means son or daughter
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-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).