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legislate

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verb leg·is·late \ˈle-jəs-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of legislate

  • : to make laws

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

Full Definition of legislate

leg·is·lat·edleg·is·lat·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to perform the function of legislation; specifically :  to make or enact laws

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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



Origin of legislate

back-formation from legislator


First Known Use: 1805

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