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Dictionary Definition



1 a subordinate or subsidiary associate; a person who is affiliated with another or with an organization
2 a subsidiary or subordinate organization that is affiliated with another organization; "network affiliates"


1 join in an affiliation; "They affiliated themselves with the organization"
2 keep company with; hang out with; "He associates with strange people"; "She affiliates with her colleagues" [syn: consort, associate, assort]
3 join in an affiliation; "The two colleges affiliated"

User Contributed Dictionary



|lang=la; ad + filius: compare French affilier.


  • IPA: WEAE /ʌˈfɪ


  1. Someone or something that is affiliated, or associated; a member of a group of associated things.
    The local channel was an affiliate of a national network.



  1. To adopt; to receive into a family as a son; hence, to bring or receive into close connection; to ally.
  2. 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.
  3. To connect in the way of descent; to trace origin to.
  4. 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.


To adopt
To fix the paternity of
To connect in the way of descent
To attach (to) or unite (with)



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, affiliare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, affiliare#Italian|affiliare
  3. Form of Second-person plural present subjunctive, affiliare

Extensive Definition

An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity.

Corporate structure

A corporation may be referred to as an affiliate of another when it is related to it but not strictly controlled by it, as with a subsidiary relationship, or when it is desired to avoid the appearance of control. This is sometimes seen with multinational companies that need to avoid restrictive laws (or negative public opinion) on foreign ownership.


In broadcasting, an affiliate (or affiliated station) is a local broadcaster which carries some or all of the programme line-up of a television or radio network but is owned by someone other than the owner of the network.
In most American commercial television networks, a few large stations in key markets are owned and operated (O&O) by the network itself, while smaller markets are served by affiliates. For instance, New York broadcasters WCBS-TV, WNBC, WABC-TV and WPBS-TV are not affiliates (they are network-owned, or in PBS's case, a "PBS member station" as that network's structure differs from the commercial O&O + affiliates model). In Canada, most television stations, regardless of market size, are now O&Os of their respective networks, with only a few true affiliates remaining.
While network-owned stations will normally carry the full programming schedule of the originating network, an affiliate is independently-owned and typically under no obligation to do so. Affiliated stations often buy supplementary programming from another source, such as a syndicator or another television network which does not have coverage in the station's broadcast area, in addition to the programming they carry from their primary network affiliation. In some smaller markets, a station may even be simultaneously listed as an affiliate of two networks.
In the United States, Federal Communications Commission regulations limit the number of network-owned stations as a percentage of total market size.

Electronic commerce

Affiliate marketing typically refers to an electronic commerce version of the traditional agent/referral fee sales channel concept. An e-commerce affiliate is a website which links back to an e-commerce site such as
However, as the e-commerce continues to evolve, e-commerce affiliates are no longer restricted to website owners. Bloggers and members of different online community forums can be affiliates as well. Many emerging affiliate programs are now accepting bloggers and individuals, not necessarily webmasters, to be affiliates.
Affiliates can also be referred as publishers. Affiliate marketers don't necessarily have to be affiliate marketers specifically. Sometimes such marketers can actually be the e-commerce web site that actually sells the products and services. The advantage of this method of marketing is that it cuts out the middleman but it does require the affiliates to have a high degree of trust in the software and people behind the e-commerce web site in question.
affiliate in Czech: Affiliate
affiliate in German: Affiliate (US-TV)
affiliate in Japanese: 成功報酬型広告
affiliate in Russian: Аффилированное лицо
affiliate in Swedish: Affiliate

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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