1. A member of a confederacy; an ally.
2. One who assists in a plot; an accomplice. See Synonyms at partner.
3. Confederate A supporter of the Confederate States of America.
1. United in a confederacy; allied.
2. Confederate Of or having to do with the Confederate States of America.
tr. & intr.v. (-ə-rāt′) con·fed·er·at·ed, con·fed·er·at·ing, con·fed·er·ates
To form into or become part of a confederacy.
[From Middle English confederat, allied, from Late Latin cōnfoederātus, past participle of cōnfoederāre, to unite : Latin com-, com- + Latin foederāre, to unite (from foedus, foeder-, league; see bheidh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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