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

This week, the federation hosted its national conference, where the headliners included Hillary Clinton and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, two potential presidential candidates in 2020. Erica L. Green, BostonGlobe.com, "Teachers unions hustle to ensure their survival after Janus decision," 14 July 2018 As part of the rehabilitation process, FIFA allowed every nation to vote on the 2026 location, whereas the prior process allowed the input of only the federation’s major players. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "The 2026 World Cup is coming to the United States, and Kansas City might be next," 13 June 2018 The kit has also been the subject of intense discussions in Nigeria where some people thought the football federation had missed opportunity to boost local manufacturing. Stephanie Busari, Cnn And Damilola Odutayo, CNN, "It's official! Nigeria is the most stylish team at the World Cup," 13 June 2018 Like the federation did to Lopetegui, then athletic director Bo Schembechler did to Frieder. Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan basketball is inspiring Spain's World Cup team," 13 June 2018 This year, the federation is expected to surpass those numbers. Elizabeth Kratz, Jewish Journal, "Camp leadership reaffirms its message: No partnership with IfNotNow," 13 June 2018 Bear in mind that coaches’ salaries are often paid by national federations. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Looking Back at Roland Garros," 13 June 2018 The planning started more than two decades ago, when officials from the national soccer federation visited a Norwegian training center just inside the Arctic Circle. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Iceland comfortable with Cinderella title, but wants to prove it belongs in the World Cup," 7 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of federation

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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