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

Not only are states legislating personalized learning, but philanthropists are funding it and, in some cases, families are pushing back against it. Penny Bishop, The Conversation, "What is personalized learning and why is it so controversial? 5 questions answered," 5 July 2019 The most fierce, like Italy’s, now mostly fight internally and legislate almost nothing – gridlocked. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "Toast America this July 4th, but run your 401(k) globally," 30 June 2019 The last thing the game needs is another rule that legislates action on the field. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Saunders: Rockies’ Trevor Story should think first before sliding headfirst," 22 June 2019 That is especially true when the federal government cannot legislate—which today means most of the time—because the ability of states to decide their own fate becomes correspondingly more important. The Economist, "Texafornia dreaming," 20 June 2019 But the state should not be involved in legislating your oblivion. Fox News, "Trump lashes out at media in fiery attack," 30 Aug. 2018 European leaders are legislating privacy, content, and ownership rights much more aggressively, and there is a growing willingness to penalize violators. Paul Roehrig, Quartz, "The internet is broken. But we can’t just repair it—we need to rebuild it," 3 June 2019 Probst said trying to legislate a perfect solution in a chaotic situation like Larson’s crash is close to impossible. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "NASCAR won’t recommend changes after Talladega crash," 18 May 2019 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

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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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14 Jul 2019

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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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