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legislate

[ lej-is-leyt ]
/ ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪt /
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verb (used without object), leg·is·lat·ed, leg·is·lat·ing.

to exercise the function of legislation; make or enact laws.

verb (used with object), leg·is·lat·ed, leg·is·lat·ing.

to create, provide, or control by legislation: attempts to legislate morality.

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Origin of legislate

First recorded in 1710–20; back formation from legislation, legislator

OTHER WORDS FROM legislate

o·ver·leg·is·late, verb, o·ver·leg·is·lat·ed, o·ver·leg·is·lat·ing.qua·si-leg·is·lat·ed, adjectiveun·leg·is·lat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for legislate

legislate
/ (ˈlɛdʒɪsˌleɪt) /

verb

(intr) to make or pass laws
(tr) to bring into effect by legislation

Word Origin for legislate

C18: back formation from legislator
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