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[lej-is-leyt] /ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), legislated, legislating.
to exercise the function of legislation; make or enact laws.
verb (used with object), legislated, legislating.
to create, provide, or control by legislation:
attempts to legislate morality.
Origin of legislate
First recorded in 1710-20; back formation from legislation, legislator
Related forms
overlegislate, verb, overlegislated, overlegislating.
quasi-legislated, adjective
unlegislated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for legislate
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  • But it is impossible to legislate for every individual case.

  • And for this reason, I said, I shall not attempt to legislate further about them.

    The Republic Plato
  • Now the voluntary cannot be the involuntary; and if you two come to me and say, 'Then shall we legislate for our city?'

    Laws Plato
  • And now, let us proceed to legislate with a view to perfecting the form and outline of our state.

    Laws Plato
  • The result is that you cannot legislate about them, and still less can you be silent.

    Laws Plato
British Dictionary definitions for legislate


(intransitive) to make or pass laws
(transitive) to bring into effect by legislation
Word Origin
C18: back formation from legislator
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Word Origin and History for legislate

1805, back-formation from legislation, etc. Related: Legislated; legislating.

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