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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fed-er-uh l]
    • /ˈfɛd ər əl/
    • /ˈfedərəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fed-er-uh l]
    • /ˈfɛd ər əl/

Definitions of federal word

  • adjective federal pertaining to or of the nature of a union of states under a central government distinct from the individual governments of the separate states, as in federal government; federal system. 1
  • adjective federal of, relating to, or noting such a central government: federal offices. 1
  • adjective federal (initial capital letter) U.S. History. of or relating to the Federalists or to the Federalist party. supporting the principles of the Federalist party. (in the Civil War) pertaining to or supporting the Union government. relating to or adhering to the support of the Constitution. 1
  • adjective federal (initial capital letter) pertaining to or designating the styles of the decorative arts and architecture current in the U.S. from c1780 to c1830. 1
  • adjective federal of or relating to a compact or a league, especially a league between nations or states. 1
  • noun federal an advocate of federation or federalism. 1

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Origin of federal

First appearance:

before 1635
One of the 43% oldest English words
1635-45; earlier foederal < Latin foeder- (stem of foedus) league + -al1

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Parts of speech for Federal


federal popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

federal usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for federal

adj federal

  • incorporated — legally incorporated, as a company.
  • organized — affiliated in an organization, especially a union: organized dockworkers.
  • combined — A combined effort or attack is made by two or more groups of people at the same time.
  • corporate — Corporate means relating to business corporations or to a particular business corporation.
  • associated — If one thing is associated with another, the two things are connected with each other.

adjective federal

  • central — Something that is central is in the middle of a place or area.
  • centralized — to draw to or gather about a center.
  • centralised — to draw to or gather about a center.
  • amalgamated — Combined from two or more entities into one specific entity whilst retaining the defining characteristics of the original source entities.
  • organised — to form as or into a whole consisting of interdependent or coordinated parts, especially for united action: to organize a committee.

Antonyms for federal

adj federal

  • local — low-cal.
  • private — privacy
  • specific — having a special application, bearing, or reference; specifying, explicit, or definite: to state one's specific purpose.
  • unknown — not known; not within the range of one's knowledge, experience, or understanding; strange; unfamiliar.
  • sharable — the full or proper portion or part allotted or belonging to or contributed or owed by an individual or group.

adjective federal

  • regional — of or relating to a region of considerable extent; not merely local: a regional meeting of the Boy Scouts.

Top questions with federal

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