federalize

verb
fed·​er·​al·​ize | \ ˈfe-d(ə-)rə-ˌlīz How to pronounce federalize (audio) \
federalized; federalizing

Definition of federalize

transitive verb

1 : to unite in or under a federal system
2 : to bring under the jurisdiction of a federal government

Examples of federalize in a Sentence

The measure federalizes several state programs.
Recent Examples on the Web This attempt to federalize our elections and strip away states' rights would make cheating easier than ever. Arkansas Online, 28 Apr. 2022 The effort to reform the ECA gained steam following Senate Democrats’ failed attempt in January to override rules regarding the filibuster in order to pass a separate bill, backed only by Democrats, to federalize elections. John Mccormack, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 The 1807 law was used at the request of California’s governor, to federalize the California National Guard units to quell the riots. Devlin Barrett And Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Jan. 2022 These bills are really a power grab that would circumvent and federalize our entire elections process, stripping states of their constitutional authorities. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 25 Jan. 2022 Republicans also argue that the legislation is part of a partisan strategy for Democrats to federalize election rules to their advantage. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 Nevertheless, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights did not federalize education, which remains a state responsibility in our federalist system. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 25 Oct. 2021 Their initial proposal, H.R.1, aimed to federalize U.S. elections, and parts of it looked unconstitutional. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 21 Sep. 2021 Their solution was to standardize and federalize the system. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, 1 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of federalize

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

11 May 2022

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“Federalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federalize. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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