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.
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 federalize

  • 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



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