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

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 Under Gonzalez’ leadership, United Farm Workers will affiliate with the federation after a two-decade hiatus, marking an effort to protect low-wage workers at risk of exploitation on the job. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2022 The violence in Cité Soleil erupted last week between warring coalitions of gangs: G-Pèp and the G-9, a federation of nine gangs led by Jimmy Chérizier. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 The paradox is that the western world helped to grow this monster – the Russian Federation–because of the globalized world, because of its interconnection with the Russian federation. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 5 June 2022 Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat told the BBC that athletes will be prohibited from competing in any event without the proper registration with the federation. The Editors, Outside Online, 13 Jan. 2015 On March 21, Crimea became part of the Russian federation. Grayson Quay, The Week, 22 July 2022 Out are Gerardo Torrado, the federation’s sporting director; Ignacio Hierro, the national team’s director; and Luis Pérez, coach of the U-20 team that failed to qualify for either the U-20 World Cup or 2024 Paris Olympics. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2022 The federation voted to fire Skocic, who took the job in early 2020, on July 11 after a friendly defeat to Algeria in June and reports of divisions in the team. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2022 The federation plans four informational sessions in the coming months to inform potential students and industry mentors about the program. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of federation

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Federation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federation. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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

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: a union of organizations or states a wildlife federation

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