fed·​er·​a·​tion ˌfe-də-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce federation (audio)
: an encompassing political or societal entity formed by uniting smaller or more localized entities: such as
: a federal government
: a union of organizations
: the act of creating or becoming a federation
especially : the forming of a federal union

Examples of federation in a Sentence

a federation of labor unions a federation of women's clubs the federation of the states
Recent Examples on the Web The federation criticized the U.C.L.A. chancellor, Gene Block, and the school’s administration for creating an environment that has made students feel unsafe and called on him to meet with leaders of the Jewish community to discuss safety measures. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, 1 May 2024 Still, the federation could partly disintegrate in volatile border regions such as the North Caucasus. Stephen Kotkin, Foreign Affairs, 18 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for federation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of federation was in 1652

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“Federation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federation. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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fed·​er·​a·​tion ˌfed-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce federation (audio)
: a political body formed by uniting smaller bodies
especially : a federal government
: the act of creating or becoming a federation

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