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federal; federation


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often not capitalized : a federal agent, officer, or official
usually used in plural

Examples of fed in a Sentence

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On Wednesday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell firmly shut the door on rate cuts, citing lack of confidence in progress on inflation. Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2024 Musically Fed, which redistributes surplus backstage and VIP meals to veterans and those facing homelessness and food insecurity in the United States, will once again partner with Live Nation-Hewitt Silva (LNHS) to handle surplus catering at forthcoming LNHS events at the Hollywood Bowl. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 18 Apr. 2024 High interest rates hurt prices for investments and increase the risk of a recession, but Fed officials are concerned after a string of reports this year has shown inflation remaining hotter than forecast. Elaine Kurtenbach, Quartz, 18 Apr. 2024 Decisions about interest rates, Fed officials say, are based solely on how the economy evolves, and whether inflation keeps trending down. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2024 In remarks Monday, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said the Fed could likely approve two quarter-point rate cuts by the end of this year. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 6 Mar. 2024 In the meantime, dampening the spirits of the soft-landing hopefuls was that Fed Chair Jerome Powell put off talk of interest rate cuts. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2024 And while the rise was in line with projections, the index, which Fed officials view as a crucial gauge of underlying inflation, rose at the fastest monthly pace since February 2023. Krystal Hur, CNN, 5 Mar. 2024 Some banks continue to tighten credit standards in 2024, according to the latest Fed survey, taken in January. Daniel De Visé, USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History



short for federal

First Known Use


1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fed was in 1916

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“Fed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fed. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


: the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System see also Federal Reserve System

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