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[verb fed-uh-reyt; adjective fed-er-it]
verb (used with or without object), fed·er·at·ed, fed·er·at·ing.
  1. to unite in a federation.
  2. to organize on a federal basis.
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  1. federated; allied.
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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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Examples from the Web for federator

Historical Examples of federator

  • For instance, the Soldan (though only just become a Federator) sent of one kind or another more than a thousand men.

    The Lady of the Shroud

    Bram Stoker

British Dictionary definitions for federator


verb (ˈfɛdəˌreɪt)
  1. to unite or cause to unite in a federal union
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adjective (ˈfɛdərɪt)
  1. federal; federated
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Derived Formsfederative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for federator



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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