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
Words nearby mandate
Example sentences from the Web for mandating
“We like beer,” Taylor says, after mandating that everyone crack open an Mmmhops before the drinking games could commence.Hanson Got Me Drunk on Their New Beer, Mmmhops (Really)|Kevin Fallon|September 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He believes, and I agree, that mandating shorter work weeks goes against an American ideal.
Take, for instance, mandating universal background checks for all gun purchasers.Republicans Face Gun Control Test With Latino Voters|Adam Winkler|December 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Second, fix the adverse-selection problem this causes by mandating that everyone get themselves some health insurance.
Under Gucci Capitalism, mandating corporations to do things for a greater public good was rare.
British Dictionary definitions for mandating
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 mandating
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.