Definition of federate in US English:



Pronunciation /ˈfɛdəˌreɪt//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’
    • ‘It has a loosely federated structure in which similar activities to those undertaken in the UK are reproduced in other locations, and in which there may be considerable adaptation to local business conditions.’
    • ‘In 1901 the six colonies were federated as self-governing states to form the Commonwealth of Australia.’
    • ‘Earlier efforts to federate on the basis of the draft constitution devised at the Sydney Convention in 1891 had broken down because of the reluctance of the colonial parliaments to endorse it.’
    • ‘Co-op Atlantic actually began life in 1927 as the Maritime Livestock Board, which evolved over time into a multi-faceted, federated co-op.’
    • ‘Like so many other federated civic organizations, the cooperative nursery school movement began to decline in the mid-1960s.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone recognized the irony when in 1904 Trinity federated with its former nemesis.’
    • ‘At the end of the war, Algerians demanded the creation of an independent Algerian state federated with France.’
    • ‘The country at this time federated with its Republics.’
    • ‘If some of the nations of Europe do wish to federate, let them.’
    • ‘The school's chairman of governors, Debbie Reed, said: ‘Ideally, we would like to find a school that could federate with us.’’
    • ‘Clearly, this country marked its pathway of self-determination when it resisted the temptation to join the Australian colonies as they federated in 1901.’
    • ‘The results are powerful, federated, heterogeneous business systems that span organizational boundaries and provide a more comprehensive and timely record of the state of the business.’
    • ‘The decision of the Australian colonies to federate was a decision that this continent should be governed as one nation.’
    • ‘At the height of the controversy, as many as 400 parishes were federated together to contest unfair tithe assessments.’
    • ‘This expanding professional stratum, now including women who once led federated organizations, allied increasingly with business groups rather than with a receding clerical or working class.’
    • ‘As the preamble to the Constitution Act says, in agreeing to federate, the Australian people did so ‘humbly relying on the blessings of Almighty God’.’
    • ‘Through these federated, membership organizations, ordinary people exercised public power.’
    • ‘But the great dividend came after four provinces in British North America federated to form the Dominion of Canada.’
    • ‘He suggested that, in contrast to the previous government's reform agenda, community government councils may be federated, not necessarily amalgamated.’
    confederate, combine, ally, unite, unify, merge, amalgamate, integrate, fuse, marry, link, join, join up, align, associate, band together, team up
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Pronunciation /ˈfɛd(ə)rət//ˈfed(ə)rət/
  • Relating to a federated state or organization.

    ‘federate armies’
    • ‘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’.