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 Running elections has been a state responsibility, and there are legitimate questions about further federalizing it. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Only One Republican Supported That Divisive Election Security Bill. Here’s Why He Voted in Favor—Cyber Saturday," 17 Aug. 2019 Airport checkpoint security was federalized under TSA after the terrorist hijackings Sept. 11, 2001, and has become stricter in recent years with developments of non-metallic explosives. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "TSA: Fliers will face more scrutiny for powders in carry-on bags," 19 June 2018 Title 10 federalizes the National Guard, which means those troops are prohibited from enforcing domestic laws by the Posse Comitatus Act (PCA). NBC News, "Does Trump have the power to send National Guard troops to the border?," 5 Apr. 2018 At the height of the war in Iraq and months before a troop surge there, Bush federalized 6,000 National Guard troops in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Trump claimed his plan to put troops on the border is extraordinary. It was routine for Obama.," 4 Apr. 2018 Jones and Hood were finally admitted, four and a half hours later, after Alabama National Guard troops, federalized by President Kennedy over the phone, arrived on the scene. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "Women's History Month: 3 Women Who Changed America," 30 Mar. 2018 President Dwight Eisenhower sent in troops from the 101st Airborne Division to compel local desegregation and protect the nine black students while federalizing the Arkansas National Guard to block Faubus. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Millions of Students Are Quietly Being Taught the Koch Brothers’ Whitewashed Version of Black History," 14 Mar. 2018 And in the aftermath of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida this week, Burns tweeted that the U.S. should federalize security in public schools, likening it to TSA. Ali Vitali, NBC News, "Outspoken pro-Trump pastor Mark Burns joins the race for Gowdy seat," 16 Feb. 2018 Wouldn’t federalizing these social programs undermine the role of the states as laboratories of democracy? Reihan Salam, Slate Magazine, "Why ending the state-local deduction is good for red and blue states.," 5 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of federalize

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Federalize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federalize. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of federalize

chiefly US
: to join (states, nations, etc.) together in or under a federal system of government
: to cause (something) to be under the control of a federal government

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