federate

[ verb fed-uh-reyt; adjective fed-er-it ]
/ verb ˈfɛd əˌreɪt; adjective ˈfɛd ər ɪt /

verb (used with or without object), fed·er·at·ed, fed·er·at·ing.

to unite in a federation.
to organize on a federal basis.

adjective

federated; allied.

Nearby words

  1. federalist,
  2. federalist party,
  3. federalist, the,
  4. federalize,
  5. federally,
  6. federated,
  7. federated church,
  8. federated malay states,
  9. federation,
  10. federation of south arabia

Origin of federate

1665–75; < Latin foederātus leagued together, allied, equivalent to foeder- (nominative stem foedus) league + -ātus -ate1

Related formsfed·er·a·tor, nounnon·fed·er·at·ed, adjectivere·fed·er·ate, verb, re·fed·er·at·ed, re·fed·er·at·ing.un·fed·er·at·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for federate

federate

verb (ˈfɛdəˌreɪt)

to unite or cause to unite in a federal union

adjective (ˈfɛdərɪt)

federal; federated
Derived Formsfederative, adjective

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Word Origin and History for federate

federate

v.

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.

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