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federation

noun     /ˌfedərˈeɪʃən/ 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
(Definition of federation noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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