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"federal" in British English

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federaladjective

uk   /ˈfed.ər.əl/  us   /-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)
Translations of “federal”
in Korean 연방의, 연방 정부의…
in Arabic فيدِرالي…
in Malaysian persekutuan…
in French fédéral…
in Russian федеральный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 聯邦政府的, 聯邦(制)的…
in Italian federale…
in Turkish federal, birleşik, federal sisteme ait…
in Polish federalny, związkowy…
in Spanish federal…
in Vietnamese (thuộc) liên bang…
in Portuguese federal…
in Thai ที่ตรงกลาง…
in German Bundes-……
in Catalan federal…
in Japanese 連邦(制)の, (米国)連邦政府の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 联邦政府的, 联邦(制)的…
in Indonesian federal…
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