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verb (used with object), fed·er·al·ized, fed·er·al·iz·ing.
  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.
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Also especially British, fed·er·al·ise.

Origin of federalize

First recorded in 1795–1805; federal + -ize
Related formsfed·er·al·i·za·tion, nounre·fed·er·al·i·za·tion, nounre·fed·er·al·ize, verb, re·fed·er·al·ized, re·fed·er·al·iz·ing.
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Historical Examples of federalization

  • Successive steps followed rapidly during the summer and autumn of 1916 to render effective the process of federalization.

    The Old First Massachusetts Coast Artillery in War and Peace

    Frederick Morse Cutler

  • The old Federal party inclined to nationalism, or consolidation, rather than federalization, of the States.

British Dictionary definitions for federalization



verb (tr)
  1. to unite in a federation or federal union; federate
  2. to subject to federal control
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Derived Formsfederalization or federalisation, noun
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