fed·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌfe-də-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of federation 

1 : an encompassing political or societal entity formed by uniting smaller or more localized entities: such as
a : a federal government
b : a union of organizations
2 : the act of creating or becoming a federation especially : the forming of a federal union

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Examples of federation in a Sentence

a federation of labor unions a federation of women's clubs the federation of the states
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Someday soon, dealerships may form federations that allow reciprocal subscriptions across the country. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Car subscriptions could be boon for travelers," 1 July 2018 The participants were told that no topic was off-limits, and some took that instruction to heart: one Slovene urged the EU to resolve the confusion caused by the existence of two rival European basketball federations. The Economist, "How the EU is trying to find out what on Earth Europeans want," 10 May 2018 The head of Eurofer, Europe's main steel federation, said Trump's reasons for slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum were an absurdity and that the move could cost tens of thousands of jobs across the continent. Lorne Cook And Joe Mcdonald, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. trading partners, businesses say tariffs will backfire," 9 Mar. 2018 The election took place during the federation’s national council meeting, which capped the three-day annual general meeting at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "Carlos Cordeiro is U.S. Soccer’s new president," 10 Feb. 2018 National teams from other countries also won more equitable contracts with their federations, including Australia and Ireland. Debora Rey, The Seattle Times, "Argentine women fight against inequality in soccer," 7 Nov. 2018 USA TODAY Sports MOSCOW — Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho received a strong message of support from his national soccer federation on Monday after being attacked in a series of racist messages. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Brazil's Fernandinho targeted with racial slurs, death threats," 9 July 2018 Their countries’ fortunes are subject to the state of the domestic player pool and the competence of their respective federations. Brian Straus, SI.com, "The World Cup Will Be Just Fine Without the Exhausting Messi vs. Ronaldo Debate," 30 June 2018 The chant, which is commonly used by supporters of the Mexican national team, is a homophobic slur and has drawn fines from FIFA against the Mexican football federation. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "LAFC speaks out against fans' homophobic chant during the home opener," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of federation

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of federation was in 1652

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English Language Learners Definition of federation

: a country formed by separate states that have given certain powers to a central government while keeping control over local matters

: an organization that is made by loosely joining together smaller organizations

: the act of joining together separate organizations or states


fed·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌfe-də-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of federation

: a union of organizations or states a wildlife federation

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