federation


federation
federation fed‧e‧ra‧tion [ˌfedəˈreɪʆn] noun [countable]
1. ORGANIZATIONS a group of organizations, clubs, or people that have joined together to form a single group to represent their interests, and often used in the names of professional associations and trade union S:

• the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

• the National Federation of Independent Business

ˈlabor fedeˌration ORGANIZATIONS
a large trade union organization to which many smaller local trade unions are connected:

• The 70,000-member National Federation of Workers' Unions is Honduras' most powerful labor federation.

2. a group of states that have joined together to form a single group:

• Was the Soviet Union to be a federation or a looser arrangement of independent states?

— federated adjective :

• Some Europeans want a federated nation state.

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federation UK US /ˌfedərˈeɪʃən/ noun POLITICS
[C] a group of organizations, regions, countries, etc. that have joined together to form a larger organization or government: a federation of states/companies/trade unions, etc. »

The United States is a federation of 50 individual states.

[U] the act of forming a federation: »

He's against European federation.

the federation of states/companies/trade unions, etc. »

The federation of the six original Australian states took place in 1901.

See also LABOR FEDERATION(Cf. ↑labor federation)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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