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 Of course, even if the United Kingdom does end up leaving the EU, there will be many months of negotiations to establish its new relationship to the federation, and a post-EU Britain will face new challenges and opportunities. Fred Bauer, National Review, "The Lessons American Conservatives Can Learn from the Tories’ Victory," 13 Dec. 2019 The holiday season is of major importance to many merchants, representing about 20% of annual retail sales annually overall, according to the retail federation. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Black Friday isn't what it used to be, but it's still a prime time to get a good deal on a bigger TV," 26 Nov. 2019 Upon meeting with federation officials to discuss the relationship with Mr. Morris, in 2012, Mr. Soresi suddenly recanted. New York Times, "Whispers of Sexual Abuse Tailed an Equestrian Legend for Decades. At 81, He Was Barred for Life.," 8 Aug. 2019 Social media accounts dismissed as fake by federation officials have served Salah with other warnings. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "Salah must tread carefully if he's to reform soccer in Egypt," 7 Sep. 2018 There are signs that’s already happening, after U.S. skating federation officials began modifying early development programs to reward boundary-pushing. Time, "Here's What Happened to American Figure Skaters at the 2018 Winter Olympics—and Why They Could Dominate at Beijing 2022," 25 Feb. 2018 However, the Bulgarian soccer federation could be in line for a stronger punishment if UEFA’s disciplinary panel decides Monday’s incident was a third offense in Euro 2020 qualifying. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bulgaria awaits escalating UEFA punishment for racist fans," 15 Oct. 2019 In a statement sent to CNN, FIFA said that the EFA's voting forms were not signed by the federation's general secretary, which is mandatory. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "FIFA threatens sanctions over voting process for 'Best' awards," 27 Sep. 2019 The event continues Monday with each gymnast competing on two events designated by the federation's selection committee. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Simone Biles qualifies for her 5th world championships," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of federation

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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13 Jan 2020

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“Federation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federations. Accessed 23 January 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


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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