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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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 What cannot be legislated for however, is the inexplicably poor record that West Ham's strikers have suffered in recent memory. SI.com, "Premier League Fantasy Football: 10 Players You Should Absolutely Avoid Like the Plague," 7 Aug. 2019 In the October blog post, Google announced a major change to Gmail data access—Google would now be legislating what uses are and are not allowed. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Gmail’s API lockdown will kill some third-party app access, starting July 15," 27 June 2019 Some Conservatives rose to Mr. Johnson’s defense, but others scolded him for trying to cut off debate on Brexit by curtailing the number of days Parliament could legislate before the deadline. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Brexit’s ‘Doomsday Politics’ Mean Voters May Be Last Chance to Resolve Crisis," 4 Sep. 2019 Soames, 71, voted to allow Parliament to seize control of the order paper and legislate to prevent such a split. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Winston Churchill's grandson expelled from Conservative Party by Boris Johnson in wake of Brexit crisis," 4 Sep. 2019 The Torah’s sympathetic attitude toward ecology surfaces in a law legislating conduct during war. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "Each one of us is like the tree of the field," 3 Sep. 2019 Even in the North, where the practice of slavery had been legislated to a gradual end or abolished, more than 30,000 enslaved people still toiled. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "How slavery flourished in the United States," 23 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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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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