|1.||[ noun ] a social or business relationship|
|Synonyms:||association tie tie-up|
: "a valuable financial affiliation" "he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team" "many close associations with England"
|Related terms:||relationship bind affiliate affiliate|
|2.||[ noun ] the act of becoming formally connected or joined|
: "welcomed the affiliation of the research center with the university"
|Related terms:||association reaffiliation affiliate|