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federaladjective

uk   /ˈfed.ər.əl/  us   /ˈfed.ɚ.əl/
C1 [before noun] relating to the ​centralgovernment, and not to the ​government of a ​region, of some ​countries such as the US: the federal ​government a federal ​agency/​employee
A federal ​system of ​government consists of a ​group of ​regions that are ​controlled by a ​centralgovernment.

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(Definition of federal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"federal" in American English

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federaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈfed·ər·əl/
politics & government of or ​connected with the ​centralgovernment of some ​countries: the federal ​government Federal ​lawregulatestrade with other ​countries.
federally
adverb  us   /ˈfed·ər·ə·li, ˈfed·rə·li/
a federally ​fundedagency that ​providesfreelegalservices to the ​poor
(Definition of federal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"federal" in Business English

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federaladjective

uk   us   /ˈfedərəl/ GOVERNMENT
relating to a ​centralgovernment, not a ​state or ​localgovernment: The ​statecontributes 30% and the federal ​government 70% of the ​cost of the ​plan. She was ​charged in federal ​court with ​possessingunauthorized credit-card ​numbers. The ​employee then ​contacted federal ​agencies, ​including the Department of Health and Human Services. He helped ​secure $100 million in federal ​funding to ​rebuild the department's ​infrastructure. A ​proposed Senate ​bill would ​raise the federal ​tax on cigarettes by 61 ​centsperpack. federal ​laws/​regulations/​legislation federal ​grants
having or ​relating to a ​system of ​government, especially in the US, where all the ​states in the country have some ​control over their own ​activities, but where ​centralgovernment has the ​mainresponsibility for making important decisions and ​laws: They have been in ​government for 45 of the 51 ​years of the German federal ​republic. Many Americans will ​protest that such ​localvariation lies at the heart of a federal ​system.
(Definition of federal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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