legislate

verb
leg·​is·​late | \ˈle-jə-ˌslāt \
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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Below is a brief, edited transcript of their conversation on how Congress might be able to legislate regulations. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Silicon Valley’s Rep. Ro Khanna talks tech regulation on The Vergecast," 27 Nov. 2018 But the government has failed to legislate the issue, which is dampening foreign investment at a time when Colombia is grappling with low growth. Julia Symmes Cobb And Nelson Bocanegra, The Christian Science Monitor, "Colombian municipality seeks local self-determination to protect mining," 11 Apr. 2018 Increasingly conservative judges courtesy of Mr. Trump and Mitch McConnell are doing the same by promising not to legislate from the bench. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Europeans Wish They Had a Midterm Election," 8 Nov. 2018 It cannot merely be legislated — and definitely not policed — into resolution. Alex Press, Vox, "What’s next for #MeToo? The McDonald’s strikes have an answer.," 18 Sep. 2018 This is legislating neutrality rather than letting the FCC ping pong back and forth. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Silicon Valley congressman Ro Khanna explains his ‘internet bill of rights’," 6 Oct. 2018 Brave women delivered a flat-out, top-of-their-lungs refusal to let one more man bent on legislating their bodies breeze into power without a fight. Megan Angelo, Glamour, "THIS Is Must-See TV: All the Drama You Missed on Day One of Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings," 4 Sep. 2018 How disappointing the the Alabama house is now legislating religion in the classroom. Ashley Remkus, AL.com, "Have you seen him? 14-year-old reported missing in Limestone County," 7 Feb. 2018 The District of Columbia government provides places where people demonstrate, run, swim, and legislate. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "District government opens its first meditation garden," 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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15 Dec 2018

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The first known use of legislate was in 1656

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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 \
legislated; legislating

Kids Definition of legislate

: to make laws

legislate

verb
leg·​is·​late | \ˈle-jəs-ˌlāt \
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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