mandate

noun
man·​date | \ ˈman-ˌdāt How to pronounce mandate (audio) \

Definition of mandate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an authoritative command especially : a formal order from a superior court or official to an inferior one
2 : an authorization to act given to a representative accepted the mandate of the people
3a : an order or commission granted by the League of Nations to a member nation for the establishment of a responsible government over a former German colony or other conquered territory
b : a mandated territory

mandate

verb
man·​date | \ ˈman-ˌdāt How to pronounce mandate (audio) \
mandated; mandating

Definition of mandate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to administer or assign (something, such as a territory) under a mandate
2 : to officially require (something) : make (something) mandatory : order a law mandating recycling also : to direct or require (someone) to do something a commission mandated to investigate corruption

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When Should You Use mandate?

A mandate from a leader is a command you can't refuse. But that kind of personal command is rarely the meaning of mandate today; much more common are connected with institutions. Thus, the Clean Air Act was a mandate from Congress to clean up air pollution—and since mandate is also a verb, we could say instead that the Clear Air Act mandated new restrictions on air pollution. Elections are often interpreted as mandates from the public for certain kinds of action. But since a politician is not just a symbol of certain policies but also an individual who might happen to have an awfully nice smile, it can be risky to interpret most elections as mandating anything at all.

Examples of mandate in a Sentence

Noun Sports fans have considerable forbearance. Year after year they endure escalating ticket prices, the abomination known as seat licensing and the implied mandate that taxpayers should foot the bill for the new stadium or arena that will absolutely revive downtown. — Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated, 30 July 2007 All provisions requiring congressional approval, such as FDA regulation, were dropped, as were mandates for stronger package warnings, tighter enforcement on sales to youth, stronger public smoking bans, and … provisions to reduce youth smoking. — Allan M. Brandt, The Cigarette Century, 2007 Not the least of the Governors' problems are the new mandates being put on them by Washington—by a President who was once one of their own. — Karen Tumulty, Time, 19 May 2003 Royal mandates must be obeyed. They carried out the governor's mandate to build more roads. He won the election so convincingly that he believed he had been given a mandate for change. Verb The carbon prices on the European exchanges are higher precisely because the allowances for carbon emissions are mandated by government. — Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, 2006 But the FDA did nothing. Later, it protested that it doesn't have the authority to mandate additional studies once a drug is marketed, but that is sophistry. The FDA has the authority to pull drugs off the market … — Marcia Angell, New York Review of Books, 8 June 2006 For a few tantalizing weeks this spring, the manufacturers of gun safety locks seemed to have hit the jackpot: the gun-control bill passed by the Senate in the wake of the Littleton shootings mandated that all new handguns be equipped with safety locks. — Calvin Trillin, Time, 5 July 1999 The law mandates that every car have seat belts. He won the election so convincingly that he believed the people had mandated him to carry out his policies.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jones said the measure carries no new federal mandates. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "Coastal Alabama water: Center stage in courts and Congress," 5 Nov. 2019 On a chilly night under the lights by the Harlem Meer, with friends on both teams, the mandate was to play it cool. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "My Year of Concussions," 4 Nov. 2019 Her plan relies on more money and a shifting portfolio of mandates to improve performance at low-income schools. Karl W. Smith, Twin Cities, "Karl W. Smith: Warren won’t improve schools by limiting choice," 27 Oct. 2019 Draymond Green set the record straight on his real height pic.twitter.com/rV9mtFqbIi — Dime (@DimeUPROXX) October 9, 2019 Green, one of many NBA players previously listed with more favorable measurements, joked about the new league mandate. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ Draymond Green: Reported height is wrong, but it’s no big deal," 10 Oct. 2019 And by all reasonable measures, the agency has moved away from new mandates that would fully resolve potentially disastrous risks. Mario Alejandro Ariza, The New Republic, "Calm Before the Storm," 30 Sep. 2019 And while this mandate has been controversial, there is little dispute about the need for power in any facility that shelters in place. Kathryn Hyer, The Conversation, "Hurricane evacuation of nursing home residents still an unsolved challenge," 28 Aug. 2019 For now, thanks to the reasoning of one judge, the mandate is in a state of purgatory, but its primary message rang loud and clear: Asylum-seekers don't belong in the US. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: The Charged Uncertainty at the Tijuana Border," 25 July 2019 Corcoran said the new mandate is the brainchild of the First Lady, who has taken a more active role in crafting policy than her predecessors. Ana Ceballos, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida to require mental health classes in public schools starting in sixth grade," 17 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The talk was originally set to be inside the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, but Krauss said she was told by a professor that a policy mandated no ideological groups could host speakers there. USA TODAY, "El Paso memorial, hogs by helicopter, trees for troops: News from around our 50 states," 14 Nov. 2019 When El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen first revealed the phasing out of officers in a city council meeting, council members discussed possibly mandating that off-duty officers be hired at large stores. Washington Post, "Walmart hires off-duty officers ahead of El Paso reopening," 14 Nov. 2019 City regulations since 2016 mandated that homes built in 1916 or earlier be deconstructed. oregonlive, "Portland expands list of older homes required to be dismantled by hand," 13 Nov. 2019 Although there are no state mandates to provide supplemental fluoride in municipal water systems, Arvada voters approved a community fluoridation program in 1967. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Arvada has stopped adding fluoride to drinking water until mid-summer," 11 Nov. 2019 In the coming weeks, national regulations will come into effect limiting scooter speeds to 15 mph and mandating that riders stick to bike paths. Wired, "Paris Ends an E-Scooter Melee With New Rules of the Road," 8 Nov. 2019 Siplin and Gelzer said the board should have subpoena power — however the new three-year collective bargaining agreement the city inked with its police union mandates the board can’t impose or modify discipline. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "District 6 voters will choose between Gary Siplin, Bakari Burns and Lawanna Gelzer for vacant council seat," 24 Oct. 2019 In the early 1960s, Congress passed the All-Channel Receiver Act mandating just that. Los Angeles Times, "Emilio Nicolas Sr., Spanish-language media trailblazer who gave us Univision, dies," 23 Oct. 2019 Reformulated gasoline, also called RFG, is blended to burn cleaner than regular gasoline and reduce smog-forming and toxic pollutants. Where is reformulated gasoline mandated in Kentucky? Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "What is the reformulated gasoline mandate that GOP lawmakers want to end in Louisville?," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mandate

Noun

1501, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mandate

Noun and Verb

Middle French & Latin; Middle French mandat, from Latin mandatum, from neuter of mandatus, past participle of mandare to entrust, enjoin, probably irregular from manus hand + -dere to put — more at manual, do

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The first known use of mandate was in 1501

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mandate

noun
How to pronounce mandate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mandate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: an official order to do something
: the power to act that voters give to their elected leaders

mandate

verb
How to pronounce mandate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mandate (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US, formal
: to officially demand or require (something)
: to officially give (someone) the power to do something

mandate

noun
man·​date | \ ˈman-ˌdāt How to pronounce mandate (audio) \

Kids Definition of mandate

1 : an order from a higher court to a lower court
2 : a command or instruction from an authority
3 : the instruction given by voters to their elected representatives

mandate

noun
man·​date | \ ˈman-ˌdāt How to pronounce mandate (audio) \

Legal Definition of mandate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a formal communication from a reviewing court notifying the court below of its judgment and directing the lower court to act accordingly
2 in the civil law of Louisiana : an act by which a person gives another person the power to transact for him or her one or several affairs
3a : an authoritative command : a clear authorization or direction the mandate of the full faith and credit clauseNational Law Journal
b : the authorization to act given by a constituency to its elected representative
mandated; mandating

Legal Definition of mandate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make mandatory or required the Pennsylvania Constitution mandates a criminal defendant's right to confrontationNational Law Journal

History and Etymology for mandate

Noun

Latin mandatum, from neuter of mandatus, past participle of mandare to entrust, enjoin, probably irregularly from manus hand + -dere to put

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