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 Several European countries are legislating to temporarily halt interest payments. Jack Sidders, Bloomberg.com, "Landlords in Peril as Chains Like H&M Refuse to Pay Rent," 13 May 2020 Sure, legislators may legislate about any topic, which means anything could theoretically be the basis for a subpoena based on future legislative needs. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court desperately seeks a “limiting principle” in Trump tax cases," 12 May 2020 Poland legislated in 2012 a cost-effectiveness threshold of three times per capita G.D.P., and Thailand has a 0.8 per capita G.D.P. threshold. Austin Frakt, New York Times, "Putting a Dollar Value on Life? Governments Already Do," 11 May 2020 The Philippines, like a number of countries at the turn of the millennium, had not legislated against computer crime. James Griffiths, CNN, "'I love you': How a badly-coded computer virus caused billions in damage and exposed vulnerabilities which remain 20 years on," 1 May 2020 Senate lawmakers have called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to consider ways to legislate remotely. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus escalates calls to allow Congress to legislate remotely," 16 Apr. 2020 Unable to legislate changes to its mission, some lawmakers have figured out a way to try to do an end-run around the body. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Members of Congress Have a New Strategy for Ethics Investigations: Stonewalling," 10 Mar. 2020 For more than a century, various iterations of the act legislated that women were unequal to men: If husbands abandoned them, women and their children were stripped of their status and forced to leave their homes. Annie Hylton, Longreads, "Searching For Mackie," 12 Feb. 2020 None of these bodies wants to touch this particularly hot potato and politicians have been too Brexit-obsessed to legislate about anything else. The Economist, "The Tories’ dodgy “factcheckUK” tweets are a taste of what’s to come," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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18 May 2020

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“Legislate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislate. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for legislate

legislate

verb
How to pronounce legislate (audio)

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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