- to exercise the function of legislation; make or enact laws.
- to create, provide, or control by legislation: attempts to legislate morality.
Origin of legislate
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Examples from the Web for legislate
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These are excuses offered up by a party that is too divided to govern and legislate.In Passover Phone Conversation, Eric Cantor Slams Obama
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Now that all efforts to legislate gun control are stalled, it may be time for mental-health legislation to stand on its own.The House’s GOP Psychologist May Finally Get a Mental-Health Bill Passed
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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
Now the voluntary cannot be the involuntary; and if you two come to me and say, 'Then shall we legislate for our city?'
And now, let us proceed to legislate with a view to perfecting the form and outline of our state.
The result is that you cannot legislate about them, and still less can you be silent.
- (intr) to make or pass laws
- (tr) to bring into effect by legislation
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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