1. United in a league; allied by treaty; engaged in a confederacy; banded together; allied.
All the swords
In Italy, and her confederate arms,
Could not have made this peace. --Shak.
2. Amer. Hist. Of or pertaining to the government of the eleven Southern States of the United States which (1860-1865) attempted to establish an independent nation styled the Confederate States of America; as, the Confederate congress; Confederate money.
1. One who is united with others in a league; a person or a nation engaged in a confederacy; an ally; also, an accomplice in a bad sense.
He found some of his confederates in gaol. --Macaulay.
2. Amer. Hist. A name designating an adherent to the cause of the States which attempted to withdraw from the Union (1860-1865).
Con·fed·er·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Confederated p. pr. & vb. n. Confederating ] To unite in a league or confederacy; to ally.
With these the Piercies them confederate. --Daniel.
Con·fed·er·ate, v. i. To unite in a league; to join in a mutual contract or covenant; to band together.
By words men . . . covenant and confederate. --South.
adj 1: of or having to do with the southern Confederacy during the
Civil War; "Confederate soldiers"
2: united in a confederacy or league [syn: allied, confederative]
n 1: a supporter of the Confederate States of America
2: someone who assists in a plot [syn: collaborator, henchman,
partner in crime]
3: a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan
(especially an unethical or illegal plan) [syn: accomplice]
v 1: form a group or unite; "The groups banded together" [syn: band
2: form a confederation with; of nations