[ fed-er-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˈfɛd ər əˌlaɪz /

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

to bring under the control of a federal government: to federalize the National Guard.
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


fed·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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Examples from the Web for 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



/ (ˈfɛdərəˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to unite in a federation or federal union; federate
to subject to federal control

Derived forms of federalize

federalization or federalisation, noun
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