Meaning of “federation” in the English Dictionary

"federation" in British English

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federationnoun

uk /ˌfed.ərˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌfed.əˈreɪ.ʃən/

C1 [ C ] a group of organizations, countries, regions, etc. that have joined together to form a larger organization or government:

the Russian federation

[ U ] the act of forming a federation:

The federation of the six original Australian states took place in 1901.
He's against European federation.

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  • The trade federation promotes cooperation between local businesses.
  • The chairmen are proposing that a federation of the two leagues should take place.
  • The organization was formed in 1982 by the federation of three separate firms.
  • Opponents argue that European federation shifts power away from nation states.
  • A federation of charities have launched a new campaign against heart disease.

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

"federation" in American English

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federationnoun [ C ]

us /ˌfed·əˈreɪ·ʃən/

a group of organizations, states, etc., that have united to form a larger organization or government:

Canada is a federation of provinces and territories.

(Definition of “federation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"federation" in Business English

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federationnoun

uk /ˌfedərˈeɪʃən/ us 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.

(Definition of “federation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)