verb leg·is·late \ˈle-jəs-ˌlāt\

: to make laws

: to control, create, or cause (something) by making laws


Full Definition of LEGISLATE

intransitive verb
:  to perform the function of legislation; specifically :  to make or enact laws
transitive verb
:  to mandate, establish, or regulate by or as if by legislation

Examples of LEGISLATE

  1. They are attempting to legislate morality.
  2. the need to better legislate foreign trade
  3. trying to legislate changes in the current law


back-formation from legislator
First Known Use: 1805

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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LEGISLATED Defined for Kids


verb leg·is·late \ˈle-jə-ˌslāt\

Definition of LEGISLATE for Kids

:  to make laws


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