fed·​er·​ate | \ ˈfe-d(ə-)rət How to pronounce federate (audio) \

Definition of federate

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: united in an alliance or federation : federated


fed·​er·​ate | \ ˈfe-də-ˌrāt How to pronounce federate (audio) \
federated; federating

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Synonyms & Antonyms for federate

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of federate in a Sentence

Verb The independent provinces were federated to form a nation. in the years following World War II, the U.S. and the nations of western Europe made the decision to federate as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The company has also partnered with Fund 101, a structure that federates more than 1,200 intensive care units across 60 countries to foster information sharing and collaboration between the units. Fortune, "How Global 500 companies are utilizing their resources and expertise during the coronavirus pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 Google created federated learning to improve autocorrect on mobile phones. Robert C. Miller, STAT, "Federated learning: collaboration without compromise for health care research," 13 Feb. 2020 The Mayo Clinic has taken a step toward making that possible with its announcement that the first venture of the Mayo Clinic Platform will use federated learning as a foundational technology of if its privacy model. Robert C. Miller, STAT, "Federated learning: collaboration without compromise for health care research," 13 Feb. 2020 Greek Cypriots have rejected Turkish Cypriots’ demands for a permanent Turkish troop presence and veto power in government decisions in a future federated Cyprus. Washington Post, "At UN, a world stage for disputes often out of the spotlight," 29 Sep. 2019 Two centuries after his birth, Melville continues to federate the world along one keel. The Economist, "Born 200 years ago, Herman Melville was globalisation’s first great bard," 18 July 2019 The state could be federated into two parts, so that each side would enjoy a majority in its own areas. Noah Feldman, The Denver Post, "Mideast can’t agree what one-state solution means," 20 Feb. 2017 The CTU would become a union that is federated, that represents multiple employers. Juan Perez Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Charter school teachers to vote on proposal to merge with CTU," 4 June 2017 The countries were sparring over the historical origins of Anna Yaroslavna, an 11th-century figure born in Kievan Rus -- then federated territory surrounding Kiev, now the capital of Ukraine -- and who went on to become queen of France. David Wright, CNN, "Twitter d'oh-plomacy: Ukraine mocks Russia with Simpsons GIF," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of federate


1672, in the meaning defined above


1580, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for federate


Latin foederatus, from foeder-, foedus

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The first known use of federate was in 1580

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“Federate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federate. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of federate

: to join (organizations, states, etc.) in a federation

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