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federalize

[fed-er-uh-lahyz] /ˈfɛd ər əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), federalized, federalizing.
1.
to bring under the control of a federal government:
to federalize the National Guard.
2.
to bring together in a federal union, as different states.
Also, especially British, federalise.
Origin of federalize
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; federal + -ize
Related forms
federalization, noun
refederalization, noun
refederalize, verb, refederalized, refederalizing.
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  • We did everything with Europe except recognize its first weak effort to federalize itself on our model.

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
British Dictionary definitions for federalize

federalize

/ˈfɛdərəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to unite in a federation or federal union; federate
2.
to subject to federal control
Derived Forms
federalization, federalisation, noun
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