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
Recent Examples on the Web Morrison changed the court's old liberal commerce analysis -- where Congress could legislate on anything even vaguely connected to commerce -- and barred Congress from addressing local, non-economic activity. Victoria Nourse, CNN, 30 June 2022 Politics is going to remain shaped by Johnson’s battle to get Brexit done, and then his attempt to legislate the victory of that battle, for a long time. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 July 2022 In a red state such as Indiana, Lilly’s statement is also bound to alienate some of its employees and vendors, not to mention some lawmakers who will continue to legislate other issues that affect the company. Ed Silverman, STAT, 12 Aug. 2022 The sloppiness, allowed in these efforts to legislate other people’s bodies, speaks to a broader carelessness. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 5 July 2022 At its core, Title IX tries to legislate equality, and whether or not that is wholly effective remains to be seen. Amy Bass, CNN, 1 July 2022 In its place is a new clause granting parliament the authority to legislate pregnancy terminations. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 Turid Solvang recalled when Norway was the first country worldwide to legislate a gender-equality component into its Companies Act. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 8 June 2022 Despite the prospective harvest, everyone knew that efforts to legislate Roe as the law of the land were doomed, as the Senate defeat of the Women’s Health Protection Act demonstrated. Andrew Cockburn, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 See More

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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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12 Sep 2022

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“Legislate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislate. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for legislate

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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