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

The Turkish Parliament will legislate and have the right to ratify or reject the budget. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Erdogan proclaimed winner in Turkey presidential election," 24 June 2018 Private Life The issue has dominated headlines in Australian media this month, taking the spotlight away from the prime minister’s policy agenda, including his bid to legislate corporate and personal tax cuts. Jason Scott, Bloomberg.com, "Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Resigns After Sex Scandal," 23 Feb. 2018 There can be lifelong consequences to legislating what women can and cannot do with their own body. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Ashley Judd Shares the Very Personal Reason She’s Opposed to Georgia’s Abortion Ban," 12 Apr. 2019 Do feel like lawmakers aren’t informed enough to legislate these tech companies? Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Sen. Ron Wyden on breaking up Facebook, net neutrality, and the law that built the internet," 24 July 2018 The British government plans to legislate to require it. Amie Tsang, New York Times, "McDonald’s to Switch to Paper Straws in Britain as Country Turns Against Plastic," 15 June 2018 Our lawmakers are obliged to legislate. Because if not, they would be exposed in their cultural backwardness and in their ignorance. Martín Echenique, The Atlantic, "The Power of A Fantastic Woman's Oscar Win," 14 Mar. 2018 Even though six Republicans have already signed on to Corker’s measure, many Republicans on Capitol Hill who express concern about tariffs are are hesitant to legislate oversight of the president. NBC News, "Trump on defense as Congress pushes back on tariffs oversight," 6 June 2018 To be sure, Democrats can’t legislate while Republicans still control the Senate and White House. Ted Rall, WSJ, "Progressives Won’t Be Happy With Nancy Pelosi," 10 Dec. 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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The first known use of legislate was in 1656

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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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