Definition of federation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfedəˈrāSH(ə)n/


1A group of states with a central government but independence in internal affairs: [in names]: should the world be governed by a Pax Americana or by a democratic UN federation?
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  • He was party general secretary in 1991, when Croatia claimed independence from the Yugoslav federation.
  • It does not just lobby in Brussels, but through its members' national federations it also lobbies the 25 European national governments.
  • To be sure, as the history of the European Union shows, there can be federalism without a federation.
1.1An organization or group within which smaller divisions have some degree of internal autonomy: [in names]: the best tag team in the World Wrestling Federation
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  • There is a power struggle going on in global sport between the owners of particular clubs, the national federations and the international organisations.
  • The three major trade union federations in Italy have organised a four-hour general strike for Friday 24 October.
  • Will trade unions within the federation fund international work?
combination, alliance, coalition, union, syndicate, guild, consortium, partnership, cooperative, association, amalgamation
informal federacy
1.2The action of forming states or organizations into a single group with centralized control: a first step in the federation of Europe
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  • And, contrary to the claims of the fathers of federation, Australian nationalism was not progressive.
  • But by the time of Australian federation, nationalism had undergone a profound transformation.
  • Also, let's not kid ourselves about the roots of Australian nationalism, the fathers of federation and all the rest of it.



Pronunciation: /-ist/
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  • In 1897-98, the Constitution's framers, all committed federationists (the majority directly elected by the colonies' voters), spent close to a total of four months in meetings around the country, spread out over a full year.
  • Certainly federationists advanced this argument, but when the Federation League used it to solicit funds from Sydney businesses the results were very disappointing.
  • Following the defeat of the Spanish, centralist and federationist groups waged a lengthy conflict between themselves to determine the future of the nation.


Early 18th century: from French fédération, from late Latin foederatio(n-), from the verb foederare 'to ally', from foedus 'league'.

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Syllabification: fed·er·a·tion

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