verb (used with object), de·fed·er·al·ized, de·fed·er·al·iz·ing.

to shift the functions or powers of (an agency, service, etc.) from the jurisdiction of the federal government to that of state or local government: to defederalize construction loans.

Nearby words

  1. defective bacteriophage,
  2. defective virus,
  3. defective year,
  4. defectively,
  5. defector,
  6. defence,
  7. defence in depth,
  8. defence mechanism,
  9. defenceless,
  10. defend

Also especially British, de·fed·er·al·ise.

Origin of defederalize

Related formsde·fed·er·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019