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 The British Parliament has legislated to postpone by an additional three months. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Boris Johnson’s statements about the state of Brexit negotiations bear little relationship to reality, E.U. officials say," 6 Sep. 2019 The 1984 legislated Act allows interest on attorneys' trust accounts to be appropriated for legal services to the poor in Connecticut. courant.com, "Raymond R. Norko," 1 Sep. 2019 Modesty, of course, is legislated differently in every place and time. New York Times, "Naked Came the Strangers," 17 Aug. 2019 The Senate under McConnell’s leadership barely legislates; instead, Republicans are focused on confirming judges at a rapid clip, reshaping America’s courts to be more conservative. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Amy McGrath has officially announced her Senate race against Mitch McConnell," 9 July 2019 The world Sunstein legislates for is a world of reasonable individuals steeped in the minutiae of food safety regulation and brought to a peak of arousal by the promise of a clean data download. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "The Sameness of Cass Sunstein," 20 June 2019 The entities’ de facto nationalization, and the ensuing $190 billion bailout, revealed basic design flaws; yet for almost a decade, Congress and the executive branch have been unable to legislate a permanent replacement. Charles Lane, Twin Cities, "Charles Lane: In our housing finance system, everyone is in favor of the wrong thing," 11 Sep. 2019 Austin McGuigan was legislated out of office after opening a series of investigations of influential Democrats. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Kevin Kane to retire as chief state’s attorney after nearly half a century as a prosecutor in Connecticut," 27 Aug. 2019 Brown isn’t alone in his disappointment about some old-style helmets being legislated out of the league. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Report: Antonio Brown tells Raiders he won’t play again if NFL won’t allow him to wear his old helmet," 9 Aug. 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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3 Nov 2019

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The first known use of legislate was in 1656

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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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