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legislate

[lej-is-leyt] /ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), legislated, legislating.
1.
to exercise the function of legislation; make or enact laws.
verb (used with object), legislated, legislating.
2.
to create, provide, or control by legislation:
attempts to legislate morality.
Origin of legislate
1710-1720
First recorded in 1710-20; back formation from legislation, legislator
Related forms
overlegislate, verb, overlegislated, overlegislating.
quasi-legislated, adjective
unlegislated, adjective
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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

legislate

/ˈlɛdʒɪsˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to make or pass laws
2.
(transitive) to bring into effect by legislation
Word Origin
C18: back formation from legislator
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Word Origin and History for legislate
v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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