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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Synonyms & Antonyms for legislate

Synonyms

constitute, enact, lay down, make, ordain, pass

Antonyms

repeal, rescind, revoke

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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

For more than a decade, Congress has struggled to legislate on a range of issues. Gregory Koger, Vox, "How a Democratic Congress can push back against the Supreme Court," 12 Nov. 2018 Nevertheless, the state's capacity to legislate pursuant to its own moral scruples is necessarily curbed by the constitution. David Pitt, chicagotribune.com, "Iowa Supreme Court strikes down 72-hour waiting period for abortion," 30 June 2018 Nevertheless, the state’s capacity to legislate pursuant to its own moral scruples is necessarily curbed by the constitution. David Pitt, BostonGlobe.com, "Iowa court blocks 72-hour waiting period for abortion," 29 June 2018 Judicial activists, people that will legislate from the bench. Fox News, "Sekulow: Kavanaugh will be a brilliant Supreme Court justice," 10 July 2018 There are worthy questions to be asked about Autopilot, especially as the United States government wrestles with how to legislate advanced driver assistance systems and, eventually, autonomous cars. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 The country has been legislating against foreign ownership for almost 60 years. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Foreign Real-Estate Buyers Get Told to Go Home," 26 Sep. 2018 While policy advocates are legislating harm reduction, grassroots organizers are taking a more immediate approach by bailing women out of local jails. Alyxandra Goodwin, Teen Vogue, "Mother's Day Needs to Be Inclusive of Incarcerated Moms, and Here’s How You Can Help," 13 May 2018 Congress, despite its dysfunction, is trying to legislate a fix for both problems. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Trump sounds like he doesn’t really want an immigration deal," 25 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for legislate

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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