legislate

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verb leg·is·late \ˈle-jə-ˌslāt\

Definition of legislate

legislated

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legislating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to perform the function of legislation; specifically :  to make or enact laws

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to mandate, establish, or regulate by or as if by legislation

Examples of legislate in a Sentence

  1. They are attempting to legislate morality.

  2. the need to better legislate foreign trade

  3. trying to legislate changes in the current law

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Origin and Etymology of legislate

back-formation from legislator


LEGISLATE Defined for English Language Learners

legislate

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verb

Definition of legislate for English Language Learners

  • : to make laws

  • : to control, create, or cause (something) by making laws


LEGISLATE Defined for Kids

legislate

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verb leg·is·late \ˈle-jə-ˌslāt\

Definition of legislate for Students

legislated

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legislating

  1. :  to make laws


Law Dictionary

legislate

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verb leg·is·late \ˈle-jəs-ˌlāt\

Legal Definition of legislate

legislated

legislating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to perform the function of legislation; specifically :  to make or enact laws
  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause, create, provide, or bring about by legislation



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