to bring into close association or connection: The research center is affiliated with the university.

to attach or unite on terms of fellowship; associate (usually followed by with in U.S. usage, by to in Brit. usage): to affiliate with the church.

to trace the descent, derivation, or origin of: to affiliate a language.

to adopt.

Law. to fix the paternity of, as an illegitimate child: The mother affiliated her child upon John Doe.

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