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 Heading into the Summer Series, Andonovski said the federation specifically scheduled this final slate of matches with the intention of replicating the conditions of the Olympics. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 17 June 2021 The German soccer federation also condemned the action. CiarÁn Fahey, Star Tribune, 16 June 2021 Further, the players said, Mali’s basketball federation knew about the abuse and helped cover it up. Jeré Longman, New York Times, 16 June 2021 In 2019, the last time the Copa America was played, the Venezuelan federation earned $6 million directly from the tournament, plus the earnings from sponsorships and holding rights at national level. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 12 June 2021 The North Macedonian soccer federation had released the new kit specifically for its first ever appearance at a major tournament since the small country north of Greece gained independence in 1991. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 10 June 2021 Fans cannot passively complain about unruly, offensive and sometimes dangerous behavior but not help groups like FIFA and the Mexican federation in their efforts to counter it. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 How deeply those policies cut was revealed in a High Holiday call Netanyahu’s then-senior adviser, Ron Dermer, had with Jewish federation leaders in 2011. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, 2 June 2021 The federation launched a strategy to eliminate the practice in 2019 but saw its plan interrupted by the pandemic. Dallas News, 26 May 2021

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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 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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