legislate

verb

leg·​is·​late ˈle-jə-ˌslāt How to pronounce legislate (audio)
legislated; legislating

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Whether by legislating an outright ban on oil and gas, or regulating it to death, these radicals aim to destroy an entire industry that is critical to our state all in the name of saving the planet from climate change. Bob Beauprez, The Denver Post, 4 Apr. 2024 While several bills have been filed regulating some aspects of AI, there hasn’t been much movement on legislating AI technologies. Emilia David, The Verge, 28 Mar. 2024 This legislation would grant libraries in the rest of Maryland’s jurisdictions, rather than legislating county-by-county, the ability to unionize. Hannah Gaskill, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 2024 But some experts have warned that legislating social media can be precarious. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 30 Jan. 2024 The initial law was legislated in 2002 and has since been applied to a few people each year, initially to Hezbollah combatants who had been captured in Lebanon and brought to Israel. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2024 Back in 1998, the high court ruled that the ultra-Orthodox exemption violated the principle of equality under the law, and ordered the Parliament to legislate a fairer arrangement to replace the existing regime. Yair Rosenberg, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2024 However, with states like California moving to legislate a $20 per hour minimum wage for frontline hourly workers, the focus on innovation at the frontline is set to increase significantly. Stephen Miles, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Although part of the United Kingdom, lawmakers in the Assembly have the powers to legislate over a range of issues not explicitly reserved for the Westminster government in London. Amy Cassidy, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

back-formation from legislator

First Known Use

1656, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of legislate was in 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Legislate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislate. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

legislate

verb
leg·​is·​late ˈlej-ə-ˌslāt How to pronounce legislate (audio)
legislated; legislating
1
: to make laws
the constitutional power to legislate
2
: to cause, establish, or regulate by legislation
legislating foreign trade

Legal Definition

legislate

verb
leg·​is·​late ˈle-jəs-ˌlāt How to pronounce legislate (audio)
legislated; legislating

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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