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Definition of "federalize" [fed•er•al•ize]

  • To unite in a federal union. (verb-transitive)
  • To subject to the authority of a federal government; put under federal control. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "federalize" in a sentence
  • "He countered that Democrats want to "federalize" the screeners because it could add up to 28,000 more union workers to the federal payroll."
  • "And when I use the term "federalize," that's what I mean."
  • "Then serious financial reform can begin to be discussed, starting with steps to "federalize" the Federal Reserve and take the power of money out of the hands of private bankers such as JP Morgan Chase, Citibank or Goldman Sachs."