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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Carlos Cordeiro said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, a year after winning a hotly contested election for federation president. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "U.S. Soccer President’s American Ambition," 20 Feb. 2019 After a contentious election process, Carlos Cordeiro, who had served as the federation's vice president for two years and as an independent board member for nine years, was ultimately elected as U.S. Soccer's next president. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "As World Cup takes center stage, US Soccer must put failure aside and find a path forward," 11 June 2018 His current position puts him at the top of an operation that includes art fairs, model agencies, UFC—the martial arts federation—and the Miss Universe organization. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Who Is Lauren Sanchez's Husband, Patrick Whitesell?," 8 Feb. 2019 The phrasing wasn’t the only problem for many fans, with some remarking that the federation should be placing its focus on other things. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "The International Gymnastics Federation Has Banned Heavy Makeup During Competitions," 1 Nov. 2018 The federation said Neymar had been in pain since Brazil’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Friday, when he was consistently fouled. New York Times, "Neymar Leaves Brazil Practice With Pain in Foot," 19 June 2018 After a series of small but unprecedented incidents, the butchers federation says its members need protection from militants who have broken windows, thrown fake blood and sprayed graffiti on their shops. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "Citing Anti-Meat Sentiment, Butchers in France Seek Police Protection," 26 June 2018 After news broke that Lopetegui planned to leave the national team to take over Real Madrid following the World Cup, the Spanish soccer federation moved to dismiss him with immediate effect. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "5 things to know as the World Cup escalates," 25 June 2018 The federation has multiple educational offerings for staff members, including certificate programs for managers provided through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Generous training opportunities pay off by attracting, retaining great employees," 4 May 2018

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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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