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 Many Democrats are pressing for even more aggressive action to federalize the medical supply chain. Author: Anne Gearan, Mike Debonis, Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says testing ‘isn’t necessary’ as U.S. falls short of benchmarks," 9 May 2020 Democrats proposed a new effort Wednesday to federalize the nation’s medical supply chain. Time, "Senate Leader McConnell Now Says He's 'Open' to State Funds in Next Relief Package," 29 Apr. 2020 No factories have been seized, no supply chains federalized — although governors have complained that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has hijacked purchases by jumping to the front of the line. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump’s ‘I’m not responsible’ presidency," 8 Apr. 2020 This Title 32 activation does not federalize National Guard members. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Trump announces mobilization of military assets in fight against ‘hidden enemy’," 23 Mar. 2020 The president could also federalize the National Guard using what’s known as Title 10 and take control of the troops himself. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Military tries to calm public fears of martial law," 26 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of federalize

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Federalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federalize. Accessed 5 Jun. 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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