affiliate / verb əˈfɪl iˌeɪt; noun əˈfɪl i ɪt, -ˌeɪt /
verb (used with object), af·fil·i·at·ed, af·fil·i·at·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), af·fil·i·at·ed, af·fil·i·at·ing.
to associate oneself; be intimately united in action or interest.
a branch organization.
a business concern owned or controlled in whole or in part by another concern.