verb (used with object), man·dat·ed, man·dat·ing.
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Origin of mandate
historical usage of mandate
Mandātum is a neuter noun use of the past participle mandātus, from mandāre “to hand over, deliver, consign, entrust, delegate.” The first element of Latin mandāre is from the noun manus “hand”; the second part looks as if it were from dare “to give,” but in fact -dāre is a derivation of the combining form -dere “to put, place,” from a very widespread Proto-Indo-European root dhē-, dhō- “to place, set, put,” source of the English verb do. Mandāre therefore means “to put in the hands (of).”
Mandātum, via Old and Middle French mandé “washing of poor people’s feet during the Holy Thursday liturgy,” becomes maunde in Middle English and maundy in Modern English. Mandé, maunde, and maundy derive from the Vulgate Latin text of Jesus’ words during the Last Supper (Gospel of St. John, 13:34): Mandātum novum dō vōbis, ut diligātis invicem “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another.”
OTHER WORDS FROM mandateun·man·dat·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for mandate
Part of the problem is the mandate of the war and the means with which the U.S. is fighting it do not match up.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As the Gerawan ordeal reveals, however, the current board seems to lack such a balanced vision of its mandate.
The act does not increase taxes, create a new program, or mandate a curriculum.The Financial Case for Dodgeball: Why America Needs Gym Class|Mark McKinnon|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Religious groups, freedom-of-religion groups, and others who oppose the mandate have filed 59 friend-of-the-court briefs.Why Is the Future of Birth Control In the Hands of the Supreme Court?|Stuart Taylor, Jr.|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This mandate has in turn created a market so tempting that one vaccine manufacturer has produced a pork-free, or halal, version.Princeton Considers Vaccinations for Slow-Moving Meningitis Outbreak|Kent Sepkowitz|November 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I felt sure of one thing: Hilda was far too good a judge of character to believe that I was likely to obey that mandate.Hilda Wade|Grant Allen
I might add that the mandate from the Congress was given by an almost unanimous bipartisan vote.The Communist Threat in the Taiwan Area|John Foster Dulles and Dwight D. Eisenhower
With one noble exception, this mandate of the church and clergy had effect for a time in silencing womans plea for the slave.Woman, Church & State|Matilda Joslyn Gage
With this mandate in his pocket, Pfefferkorn hastened back to the scene of his activity, the Rhenish provinces.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)|Heinrich Graetz
That officer, protesting that he acknowledged no authority in the Duke of Lancaster, obeyed the mandate of the regent.
British Dictionary definitions for mandate
noun (ˈmændeɪt, -dɪt)
- Roman law a contract by which one person commissions another to act for him gratuitously and the other accepts the commission
- contract law a contract of bailment under which the party entrusted with goods undertakes to perform gratuitously some service in respect of such goods
- Scots law a contract by which a person is engaged to act in the management of the affairs of another
verb (ˈmændeɪt) (tr)
Derived forms of mandatemandator, noun
Word Origin for mandate
Cultural definitions for mandate
A command or an expression of a desire, especially by a group of voters for a political program. Politicians elected in landslide victories often claim that their policies have received a mandate from the voters.