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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Recent Examples on the Web

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 That started the process of amending the village’s 2013 ordinance legislating safe storage and transportation of assault weapons into a complete ban. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Deerfield residents react to judge's temporary block of assault weapons ban," 18 June 2018 Successful schools are never going to be legislated. Bob Gathany, AL.com, "2018 Huntsville Mardi Gras Parade has been canceled," 8 Feb. 2018 Australian state governments are ramping up pressure on the church to report child abuse and are legislating to prosecute priests who maintain that revelations of pedophilia made in the confessional cannot be disclosed. Rod Mcguirk, chicagotribune.com, "Australian bishop sentenced to year's detention for cover-up," 2 July 2018 Australian state governments are ramping up pressure on the church to report child abuse and are legislating to prosecute priests who maintain that revelations of pedophilia made in the confessional cannot be disclosed. Rod Mcguirk, USA TODAY, "Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for child sex abuse cover-up," 2 July 2018 Security experts say many details would still need to be clarified and legislated. Joshua Partlow And David Agren, chicagotribune.com, "Mexico's presidential front-runner doesn't want to escalate the drug war," 30 June 2018 Security experts say many details would still need to be clarified and legislated. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "Mexico’s presidential front-runner, AMLO, doesn’t want to escalate the drug war," 30 June 2018 Last year the State Duma also legislated a ban on virtual private network (VPN) services that allow internet users to mask their own identities. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Kremlin cyberpower? How fight over messaging app is showing its limits.," 17 Apr. 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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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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