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
Recent Examples on the Web The responsibility for the problem also rests with Congress, which has also failed to legislate on crypto. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 3 May 2022 In addition to his executive order, Biden again encouraged Congress to legislate universal background checks. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Some legal scholars, however, believe that -- impeachment aside -- there may be some limits on how Congress can legislate on this issue. Tierney Sneed, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 While the board won’t have the power to legislate, its advisory recommendations are expected to carry significant weight. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 The Justice Department, whose authority is limited to enforcing statutes as Congress has written them, has been exploiting this ambiguity to, in effect, legislate new crimes — prohibiting not only police acts but police omissions. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 23 Feb. 2022 Let the efforts to legislate on climate change and health care and immigration reform continue. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 22 Mar. 2022 Governments are highly skeptical of digital currencies, and the United States is still debating how to legislate them. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2022 Members of Congress now lobby the executive branch to make law through regulation rather than legislate themselves. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Andrew M. Grossman, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Legislate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislate. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for legislate

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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