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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The federation will give the women bonuses about five times smaller than what the men would have earned for winning the World Cup. Ali Swenson, baltimoresun.com, "‘I just want to be like them’: Fans celebrate World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team at NYC parade," 10 July 2019 More in this series This year’s tournament proves that even modest investments from a country’s soccer federation can build formidable opponents. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, "The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Deserves More Than a Trophy," 7 July 2019 One year prior, the federation awarded the men’s national team a $5.4 million bonus for losing in the round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup. Gabriela Resto-montero, Vox, "Ocasio-Cortez invites the US women’s soccer team to the House of Representatives," 29 June 2019 Vilda also serves as director of women’s soccer for the national federation. New York Times, "For Spain, Investment Pays Off at the World Cup," 23 June 2019 While two of the recruiting weekends in July have been eliminated, they have been moved to June and under the umbrella of the high school federations. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana basketball model ahead of the curve as NCAA shifts recruiting calendar, but 'there are kids losing out'," 20 June 2019 In March, every member of the U.S. women's team filed a lawsuit against the soccer federation for gender discrimination. Anabel Pasarow, refinery29.com, "How Much The U.S. Women's Soccer Team Makes & How They're Fighting For More," 15 June 2019 While the men’s team has remained funded, Jamaica’s soccer federation cut the women’s team’s funding over the past four years. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Stillwater native, United announcer Kyndra de St. Aubin preps for second Women’s World Cup," 6 June 2019 In addition to federation officials, representatives of 70-100 communal groups, as well as city government staff, are expected to attend the Los Angeles event. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "Jews of color are chronically undercounted, researchers find," 5 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce federation (audio) \

Kids Definition of federation

: a union of organizations or states a wildlife federation

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