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[fed-er-uh-lahyz] /ˈfɛd ər əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), federalized, federalizing.
to bring under the control of a federal government:
to federalize the National Guard.
to bring together in a federal union, as different states.
Origin of federalize
1795-1805; federal + -ize
Related forms
federalization, noun
refederalization, noun
refederalize, verb, refederalized, refederalizing. Unabridged
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  • But if you federalize it, you standardize it and mandate it, you do not achieve that.
  • We see no reason to federalize a policy that has been traditionally handled adequately on the state level.
  • But if you federalize it and standardize it and mandate it, you do not achieve that.
  • One criticism of this application is that it attempts to federalize malpractice cases.
British Dictionary definitions for federalize


verb (transitive)
to unite in a federation or federal union; federate
to subject to federal control
Derived Forms
federalization, federalisation, noun
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