Definition of senate
1 : an assembly or council usually possessing high deliberative and legislative functions: such asa : the supreme council of the ancient Roman republic and empireb : the second chamber in the bicameral legislature of a major political unit (such as a nation, state, or province)
2 : the hall or chamber in which a senate meets
3 : a governing body of some universities charged with maintaining academic standards and regulations and usually composed of the principal or representative members of the faculty
Examples of senate in a Sentence
the New York State Senate
The Senate approved the bill.
The Senate voted to repeal the tax cut.
Recent Examples of senate from the Web
With the help of 15 Republican legislators, the Illinois senate overrode Rauner's veto Tuesday, and if the house follows suit, the budget plan and tax increase will become law, at last putting an end to the budget impasse that started in 2015.
Unfortunately, the bill failed in the state senate, despite flying through the house and even gaining the support of some former Democratic legislators.
University of Kansas donors will be inheriting two more prime-position sections from students for basketball games at Allen Fieldhouse, the result of an agreement between KU Athletics and the student senate finalized last week.
The vote is necessary to begin a process that allows the senate to take a final vote by the end of the week.
Although Section 1557 cannot be repealed through the budget reconciliation process that Mitch McConnell intends to use to pass the bill through the senate, the regulations that implement the statute are already fair game.
The senator, who is the co-leader of the left-wing Greens party, was key in passing legislation last year allowing parliamentary members to breastfeed in the senate chambers.
However Tuesday’s senate hearing was a chance to pin Sessions down publicly for his obvious obstructionism and lying.
Among the roadblocks: Female legislators, especially Democrats in the senate, tended to oppose MMA as a barbaric form of entertainment.
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SENATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of senate for English Language Learners
the Senate : the smaller group of the two groups of people who meet to discuss and make the laws of a country, state, etc.; especially : the smaller group of the two groups that form the U.S. Congress
: a group of people who govern some colleges and universities
the Senate : the group of officials who led the ancient Roman government
SENATE Defined for Kids
Definition of senate for Students
1 cap : the upper house of a legislature (as the United States Congress)
2 : a governing body
Legal Definition of senate
: the upper chamber in a bicameral legislature; especially capitalized : the upper house of the U.S. Congress or a state legislature
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