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 Pritzker downplayed his ability to force lawmakers back to Springfield to legislate. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Pritzker downplays special session powers while COVID-19 orders continue," 16 Nov. 2020 Conscientious people like state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond have teamed with other colleagues to legislate for ignorance — for eyes wide shut. Doris Bittar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Arab Americans must be included in California’s new ethnic studies curriculum," 18 Nov. 2020 Whatever the outcome, the case illustrates how World Athletics continues to struggle to sort through modern science and differences in human anatomy to legislate what should be permissible in competition. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "Another Double Amputee’s Fight for the Olympics Is Dealt a Major Setback," 27 Oct. 2020 Reversing this long-term trend requires Congress to reassert its responsibility to legislate — and for the executive branch to once again focus on executing the law as written. Joel Griffith, Star Tribune, "Three ways a conservative finds Trump overstepping his bounds amid pandemic," 22 Oct. 2020 Partisan fights over the direction of the federal courts have escalated rapidly in recent years, as Congress has ceased to regularly legislate and both parties have increasingly looked to the courts to enact their visions for the country. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Over Democratic Fury, Republicans Push Barrett to Brink of Confirmation," 25 Oct. 2020 Norris believed that lame-duck congresses that met between November and March following elections did not reflect the people’s will and should not legislate. Donald Nieman, The Conversation, "The president’s term ends at noon on Jan. 20," 20 Oct. 2020 The only real solution is transparency—hard to legislate, but not impossible. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "No Quick Fix for Social Media Bias," 18 Oct. 2020 This needs to be hashed out and proved to be tricky to legislate, Calhoun said. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "NCAA moves forward with historic reforms for athletes on name, image and likeness, as well as transfers," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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4 Dec 2020

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“Legislate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislate. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for legislate

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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