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federate Syllabification: fed·er·ate

Definition of federate in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈfedəˌrāt/
(With reference to a number of states or organizations) form or be formed into a single centralized unit, within which each state or organization keeps some internal autonomy: [no object]: In 1901 the six colonies federated to form the Commonwealth of Australia [with object]: Eritrea was federated with Ethiopia in 1952 (as adjective federated) the establishment of 20 federated states in Mindanao
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  • Clearly, this country marked its pathway of self-determination when it resisted the temptation to join the Australian colonies as they federated in 1901.
  • Agreeing on this bush village becoming a capital took time after the six colonies, on deciding to federate, founded the Commonwealth of Australia on January 1, 1901.
  • If some of the nations of Europe do wish to federate, let them.
confederate, combine, unite, unify, merge, amalgamate, integrate, join (up), band together, team up


Pronunciation: /ˈfed(ə)rət/
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Of or relating to a federated state or organization: federate armies
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  • He was one of his generals who had built up a powerful position in the Balkans at the head of his federate army; in order to remove this threat the emperor ordered him to rule Italy in his name.
  • This movement - established by the idealistic pioneer-immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century - grew into a large federate organisation that became the backbone of the labour movement.


Early 18th century (as an adjective): from late Latin foederatus, based on foedus, foeder- 'league, covenant'.



Pronunciation: /ˈfed(ə)rədiv/
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  • Also, under Putin's federative reforms, new laws allowed for so-called federal intervention to ensure regional compliance with federal law.
  • The euro and European Central Bank are nothing if not federative elements.
  • The issue is then to discern the categorical imperatives of a federative government, such as natural and civil rights.

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