- federation fed‧e‧ra‧tion [ˌfedəˈreɪʆn] noun [countable]1. ORGANIZATIONS a group of organizations, clubs, or people that have joined together to form a single group to represent their interests, and often used in the names of professional associations and trade union S:
• the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
• the National Federation of Independent Businessˈlabor fedeˌration ORGANIZATIONSa large trade union organization to which many smaller local trade unions are connected:
• The 70,000-member National Federation of Workers' Unions is Honduras' most powerful labor federation.2. a group of states that have joined together to form a single group:
• Was the Soviet Union to be a federation or a looser arrangement of independent states?— federated adjective :
• Some Europeans want a federated nation state.
* * *federated UK US /ˈfedəreɪtɪd/ adjective► used to describe a group of organizations, regions, countries, etc. that has joined together to form a federation (= a larger organization or government): »
The global accounting group runs as a federated series of national firms.► IT used to describe a group of systems, documents, etc. that have been joined together to form a single one
Financial and business terms. 2012.