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
Example sentences from the Web for mandate
Under Mississippi law, if no candidate receives 50 percent, a runoff is mandated, held three weeks later.How Thad Cochran Pulled Off a Win Over Chris McDaniel (Simple, Really)|Stuart Stevens|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The minimum duration of the voice recordings made in the cockpit should leap from the two hours now mandated to 20 hours.
The second half of the episode dove into the mandated 30 minutes of retrospection necessary for any series finale.I Watched ‘Psych’ For 8 Years and All I Got Was This Lackluster Finale|Chancellor Agard|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The victory for the Little Sisters of the Poor is that they don't have to use the mandated form.
A mandated report on the implementation of the Magnitsky act was due on Dec. 14 but has still not been sent to Congress.Exclusive: Obama Declines to Add Names to Russian Sanction List|Josh Rogin|December 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A good minister, known to a near relative of mine, always thus "mandated" his sermon, and punctually delivered it word for word.To My Younger Brethren|Handley C. G. Moule
Cooperation by officials of other counties was mandated to deal with fugitives from its justice.
As the membership of the League is increased, this will practically ensure the "open door" to all nations in the mandated areas.The Problem of Foreign Policy|Gilbert Murray
Social distinctions by attire were mandated by statute of 1363.
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.