fed·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌfe-də-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce federation (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Retailers should also have a contact tracing protocol that complies with privacy and disability discrimination laws, the retail federation says. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "5 Dallas stores undergo deep cleans after employees test positive for COVID-19," 26 June 2020 Becker, 32, was presented with the award during the federation’s virtual Board of Trustees meeting, held June 24. cleveland, "Enjoy an outdoor movie in Beachwood: Press Run," 26 June 2020 The death was announced by the Hungarian water polo federation on Thursday. Pablo Gorondi, BostonGlobe.com, "Tibor Benedek, 3-time Olympic water polo champ from Hungary, dies," 18 June 2020 Joe Schuele, vice president of communications for the federation, said that even among non-variety meats, some pork and beef products are more popular overseas. Kyle Bagenstose, USA TODAY, "As leaders warned of US meat shortages, overseas exports of pork and beef continued," 16 June 2020 According to the federation, half of Belgium's 12,000 cafes may not survive the coronavirus crisis. Fox News, "Belgium launches buy 2, get 1 'Helpy Hour' campaign to help bar owners during coronavirus reopening," 5 June 2020 One of the first grants the federation made, Rosenzweig said, was to a cemetery to buy a carriage to carry caskets. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee faith leaders reconsider every element of the religious experience as they make plans to reopen facilities," 15 June 2020 The story begins last Tuesday when the U.S. soccer federation reversed its policy of prohibiting players from protesting against police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Ron Perlman will donate $50,000 to Black Lives Matter if Ted Cruz wrestles him," 15 June 2020 According to figures compiled by the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), the country’s principal indigenous federation, deaths from COVID-19 in indigenous communities have risen from 46 on May 1 to 262 on June 9. Bruno Kelley, National Geographic, "Disaster looms for indigenous Amazon tribes as COVID-19 cases multiply," 12 June 2020

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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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“Federation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federation. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of federation

: a union of organizations or states a wildlife federation

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