federation noun

ADJ. loose He proposed a loose federation of small, local groups. | national | international, world the International Federation of Football Clubs | athletics, soccer, etc. the British Athletics Federation | employers', industry, labour, police, trade union

VERB + FEDERATION create, form, set up They were now ready to create a national labour federation.

FEDERATION + VERB break up The federation broke up in 1989.

PREP. in a/the ~ the six republics in the federation | within a/the ~ He urged them to remain within the federation. | ~ of a federation of over 3,000 organizations

PHRASES a member of a federation