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confederate

adjective con·fed·er·ate \ kən-ˈfe-d(ə-)rət \
Updated on: 4 May 2018

Definition of confederate

1 : united in a league : allied
2 capitalized : of or relating to the Confederate States of America

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Origin and Etymology of confederate

Middle English confederat, from Late Latin confoederatus, past participle of confoederare to unite by a league, from Latin com- + foeder-, foedus compact — more at federal


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confederate

noun

Definition of confederate

2 capitalized : an adherent of the Confederate States of America or their cause

Examples of confederate in a Sentence

  1. the Yankees and the Confederates

  2. the police were able to track down his confederates once the thief started talking

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First Known Use of confederate

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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confederate

verb con·fed·er·ate \ kən-ˈfe-də-ˌrāt \

Definition of confederate

confederated; confederating
: to unite in a confederacy
: to band together

confederative

play \kən-ˈfe-d(ə-)rə-tiv, -də-ˌrā-\ adjective

Examples of confederate in a Sentence

  1. the nations confederated in order to lower international trade barriers

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First Known Use of confederate

1531

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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CONFEDERATE Defined for English Language Learners

confederate

Definition of confederate for English Language Learners

  • : a person who helps someone do something

  • Confederate : a soldier, citizen, or supporter of the Confederacy during the American Civil War


CONFEDERATE Defined for Kids

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confederate

adjective con·fed·er·ate \ kən-ˈfe-də-rət \

Definition of confederate for Students

1 : united in a league
2 capitalized : of or relating to the southern Confederacy
  • Her grandfather collected Confederate stamps.

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confederate

noun

Definition of confederate for Students

1 : a member of a league of persons, parties, or states
3 capitalized : a soldier of or a person who sided with the southern Confederacy


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