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
New York is one of only two states that mandates that hospitals publish their C-section rates.
He experiments constantly, and he believes in understanding and exploring the reasons behind rules and mandates.
The bill also mandates the implementation of a standardized training process for all CBP officers and Border Patrol agents.
The mandates make business owners with 50 or more employees offer health-care insurance or face a $2,000 fine.Technology Firms Staff Up to Build Health-Insurance Exchanges|Miranda Green|August 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It also gives Labor 18 mandates (up from 15), Meretz 10 (up from 6), and Shas 11 (the same as it currently holds).
Contemptuous of "external good," it seeks its own counsel and obeys the mandates of its own spirit.Heroes in Peace|John Haynes Holmes
He had sworn to abide by the mandates of the Church, but he refused to recant like his comrades.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume I|Henry Charles Lea
His province is to interpret and obey the mandates of the supreme power of the state.The Unconstitutionality of Slavery|Lysander Spooner
I have sent you Clear Skies legislation that mandates a 70-percent cut in air pollution from power plants over the next 15 years.State of the Union Addresses of George W. Bush|George W. Bush
All that you see in the world must give heed to my mandates; Blossoming earth, when I will it, must languish, a desert.'The Satyricon, Complete|Petronius Arbiter
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.