Definition of federation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌfedəˈreɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌfedəˈreɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable] a country consisting of a group of individual states that have control over their own affairs but are controlled by a central government for national decisions, etc. the Russian Federation
  2. 2[countable] a group of clubs, trade/labor unions, etc. that have joined together to form an organization the International Tennis Federation
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of forming a federation Many MPs are against federation in Europe.
  4. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from French fédération, from late Latin foederatio(n-), from the verb foederare ‘to ally’, from foedus ‘league’.Extra examples He proposed a loose federation of small, local groups. He urged them to remain within the federation. The federation broke up in 1989. They were now ready to create a national labour federation. a federation of over 3 000 organizations the British Athletics Federation the International Federation of Football Clubs the six republics in the federation Australia is a federation of six states and several territories. The Scottish Landowners’ Federation completely condemned the practice. The trade union federation has called for a national strike.
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