verb (used with object), man·dat·ed, man·dat·ing.
- mandarin collar,
- mandarin duck,
- mandarin orange,
Origin of mandate
noun (ˈmændeɪt, -dɪt)
- Roman lawa contract by which one person commissions another to act for him gratuitously and the other accepts the commission
- contract lawa contract of bailment under which the party entrusted with goods undertakes to perform gratuitously some service in respect of such goods
- Scots lawa contract by which a person is engaged to act in the management of the affairs of another
verb (ˈmændeɪt) (tr)
Word Origin for mandate
"judicial or legal order," c.1500, from Middle French mandat (15c.) and directly from Latin mandatum "commission, command, order," noun use of neuter past participle of mandare "to order, commit to one's charge," literally "to give into one's hand," probably from manus "hand" (see manual) + dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). Political sense of "approval supposedly conferred by voters to the policies or slogans advocated by winners of an election" is from 1796. League of Nations sense is from 1919.
1620s, "to command," from mandate (n.). Meaning "to delegate authority, permit to act on behalf of a group" is from 1958; used earlier in the context of the League of Nations, "to authorize a power to control a certain territory for some specified purpose" (1919). Related: Mandated; 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.