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[verb fed-uh-reyt; adjective fed-er-it] /verb ˈfɛd əˌreɪt; adjective ˈfɛd ər ɪt/
verb (used with or without object), federated, federating.
to unite in a federation.
to organize on a federal basis.
federated; allied.
Origin of federate
1665-75; < Latin foederātus leagued together, allied, equivalent to foeder- (nominative stem foedus) league + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
federator, noun
nonfederated, adjective
refederate, verb, refederated, refederating.
unfederated, adjective Unabridged
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  • It would be very difficult to find any country church, either denominational or federated, whose record for service is better.

    Six Thousand Country Churches Charles Otis Gill
  • The "federated church" obviates this difficulty to a certain extent.

    The Farmer and His Community Dwight Sanderson
  • But the editorial which he wrote on the federated Garment Trades was very creditable.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • Like the Schulze-Delitzsch societies the Raiffeisen associations have federated.

    Banking William A. Scott
  • Are you both interested in going to Chicago and personally applying for positions with the federated system?

  • If South Africa were federated it would be simplicity itself.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • These are funds and federated or independent direction of their use.

    Six Thousand Country Churches Charles Otis Gill
  • It is federated and it owns its club-house, a small but pretty building.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • Kindly express frankly your opinion of the federated church as a means of securing Christian unity and church efficiency.

    Six Thousand Country Churches Charles Otis Gill
British Dictionary definitions for federated


verb (ˈfɛdəˌreɪt)
to unite or cause to unite in a federal union
adjective (ˈfɛdərɪt)
federal; federated
Derived Forms
federative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for federated



1814 (implied in federated), back-formation from federation, or else from Latin foederatus "having a treaty, bound by treaty," past participle of foederare "to establish by treaty," from foedus (see federal). Related: Federating. As an adjective, by 1710.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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