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confederate

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adjective con·fed·er·ate \kən-ˈfe-d(ə-)rət\

Definition of confederate

  1. 1 :  united in a league :  allied

  2. 2 capitalized :  of or relating to the Confederate States of America

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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confederate

noun con·fed·er·ate

Definition of confederate

  1. 1 :  ally, accomplice

  2. 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>

15th Century

First Known Use of confederate

15th century


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confederate

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verb con·fed·er·ate \-ˈfe-də-ˌrāt\

Definition of confederate

confederated

confederating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to unite in a confederacy

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to band together

confederative

play \-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>

1531

First Known Use of confederate

1531


CONFEDERATE Defined for English Language Learners


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confederate

noun con·fed·er·ate

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

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

Definition of confederate for Students

  1. 1 :  united in a league

  2. 2 cap :  of or relating to the southern Confederacy <Her grandfather collected Confederate stamps.>


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confederate

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noun con·fed·er·ate

Definition of confederate for Students

  1. 1 :  a member of a league of persons, parties, or states

  2. 2 :  accomplice

  3. 3 cap :  a soldier of or a person who sided with the southern Confederacy



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