(Af*fi"ance), v. t. [imp. p. p. Affianced ; p. pr. vb. n. Affiancing ] [Cf. OF. afiancier, fr.
1. To betroth; to pledge one's faith to for marriage, or solemnly promise (one's self or another) in marriage.
To me, sad maid, he was affianced.
2. To assure by promise. [Obs.] Pope.
(Af*fi"an*cer) n. One who makes a contract of marriage between two persons.
(Af*fi"ant) n. [From p. pr. of OF. afier, LL. affidare. See Affidavit.] (Law) One who makes an
affidavit. [U. S.] Burrill.
Syn. Deponent. See Deponent.
(Af`fi*da"vit) n. [LL. affidavit he has made oath, perfect tense of affidare. See Affiance, Affy.]
(Law) A sworn statement in writing; a declaration in writing, signed and made upon oath before an authorized
magistrate. Bouvier. Burrill.
It is always made ex parte, and without cross-examination, and in this differs from a deposition. It is
also applied to written statements made on affirmation.
Syn. Deposition. See Deposition.
(Af*file") v. t. [OF. afiler, F. affiler, to sharpen; a (L. ad) + fil thread, edge.] To polish. [Obs.]
(Af*fil"i*a*ble) a. Capable of being affiliated to or on, or connected with in origin.
(Af*fil"i*ate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Affiliated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Affiliating ] [LL. adfiliare, affiliare,
to adopt as son; ad + filius son: cf. F. affilier.]
1. To adopt; to receive into a family as a son; hence, to bring or receive into close connection; to ally.
Is the soul affiliated to God, or is it estranged and in rebellion?
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.
How do these facts tend to affiliate the faculty of hearing upon the aboriginal vegetative processes?
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.
Affiliated societies, societies connected with a central society, or with each other.
(Af*fil"i*ate), v. i. To connect or associate one's self; followed by with; as, they affiliate with
(Af*fil`i*a"tion) n. [F. affiliation, LL. affiliatio.]
1. Adoption; association or reception as a member in or of the same family or society.