What does legislate mean?

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ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪtleg·is·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. legislate, pass(verb)

    make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation

    "They passed the amendment"; "We cannot legislate how people spend their free time"


  1. legislate(Verb)

    To pass laws (including the amending or repeal of existing laws).

    If they can't get people to do the right thing by talking then they will try to legislate it, then they can try to enforce the statutes.

  2. Origin: Back formation from legislation, legislator.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legislate(verb)

    to make or enact a law or laws

  2. Origin: [See Legislator.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Legislate

    lej′is-lāt, v.i. to bring forward, propose, or make laws.—n. Legislā′tion.—adj. Leg′islative, giving or enacting laws: pertaining to legislation, or a legislature.—n. a body of persons, or a single person, with powers to enact laws.—adv. Leg′islatively.—n. Leg′islator, one who makes laws: a lawgiver:—fem. Leg′islatress.—adj. Legislatō′rial, of or pertaining to a legislature.—ns. Leg′islatorship; Leg′islature, the body of men in a state who have the power of making laws.—Legislative assembly (see Assembly); Legislative power, the power to make laws.—Class legislation, legislation affecting the interests of a particular class. [L. lex, legis, law, ferre, latum, to bear.]

Editors Contribution

  1. legislate

    To create by legislation.

    They did legislate for all human rights and freedom as a priority.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of legislate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of legislate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of legislate in a Sentence

  1. John Cornyn:

    Despite the games being played here, my Republican colleagues and I are working to put in the hard work that it takes to actually accomplish something and legislate.

  2. Cory Booker:

    We have the power to act, and we can act to legislate safety even if we can not legislate love.

  3. John Cornyn:

    Judge Kavanaugh is an exceptionally qualified jurist who will be a fair and impartial arbiter of the law and will not legislate from the bench, throughout his tenure, Judge Kavanaugh has served with a high moral standard and demonstrated a clear commitment to faithfully interpreting the Constitution.

  4. Malik Yusef:

    Politics is legislation. You can't legislate the Earth. You have to take care of the Earth. That is your job as a human being born to a planet.

  5. John Casey:

    The growth of drug-related crime is a far greater evil to society as a whole than drug taking. Even so, because we have been seduced by the idea that governments should legislate for our own good, very few people can see how dangerously absurd the present policy is.

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