legislate

verb
leg·​is·​late | \ ˈle-jə-ˌslāt How to pronounce legislate (audio) \
legislated; legislating

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

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Examples of legislate in a Sentence

They are attempting to legislate morality. the need to better legislate foreign trade trying to legislate changes in the current law
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Recent Examples on the Web Kiley and Gallagher maintain that the CESA, which Newsom used to justify issuing executive orders, does not give the governor the authority to legislate, and his actions violate the state constitution’s separation of powers delineation. Bethany Blankley, Washington Examiner, "Legislators present case against Newsom before appeals court," 22 Apr. 2021 Another alternative would be to legislate global penalties against companies that deliver unsecure products, including AI software. Annie Brown, Forbes, "The Unintended Impact Of “Blacklisting” On The Future Of Domestic AI Development," 7 Apr. 2021 Lawmakers have orchestrated multiple scramble sessions on the topic, yet none have fully prepared for the fallout nor challenged the absurdity of continuing to legislate like tomorrow will never come. Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, The New Republic, "The Enduring Fiction of Affordable Housing," 2 Apr. 2021 State law supersedes local efforts to legislate on matters of employment, the coalition argued in a lawsuit. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "Appeals court keeps San Antonio's paid sick leave ordinance on hold," 10 Mar. 2021 If those bills force the Senate to amend the filibuster requirement, then Congress’s capacity to legislate climate action will grow. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: The Great Climate Bill of 2021 Is Being Shaped Now," 23 Feb. 2021 Some states, especially those that experience wildfire and hurricane emergencies on an annual basis, have already moved to legislate against price gouging in the disasters to come. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Grand American Tradition of Price-Gouging in an Emergency," 22 Feb. 2021 Scott said there’s a clause in HB142 that gives only the General Assembly the power to legislate bathrooms and public changing facilities. NBC News, "N. Carolina cities begin passing historic LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws," 17 Jan. 2021 The power of jewelry to signify and cement status is well-documented in the ancient laws that sought to legislate its ownership. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Anna Shay and Christine Chiu Aren't the First Elites to Have a Jewelry Feud," 26 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of legislate

1656, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for legislate

back-formation from legislator

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The first known use of legislate was in 1656

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3 May 2021

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“Legislate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislate. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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legislate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of legislate

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

legislate

verb
leg·​is·​late | \ ˈle-jə-ˌslāt How to pronounce legislate (audio) \
legislated; legislating

Kids Definition of legislate

: to make laws

legislate

verb
leg·​is·​late | \ ˈle-jəs-ˌlāt How to pronounce legislate (audio) \
legislated; legislating

Legal Definition of legislate

intransitive verb

: to perform the function of legislation specifically : to make or enact laws

transitive verb

: to cause, create, provide, or bring about by legislation

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