from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To unite in a federal union.
  • transitive v. To subject to the authority of a federal government; put under federal control.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To unite into a federation
  • v. To bring something under federal control

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To unite in compact, as different States; to confederate for political purposes; to unite by or under the Federal Constitution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make federal; impart a federal or confederate character to.
  • To unite by compact; league, as different states; confederate for political purposes.
  • Also federalise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. unite on a federal basis or band together as a league
  • v. enter into a league for a common purpose
  • v. put under the control and authority of a federal government


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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