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[lej-is-leyt] /ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), legislated, legislating.
to exercise the function of legislation; make or enact laws.
verb (used with object), legislated, legislating.
to create, provide, or control by legislation:
attempts to legislate morality.
Origin of legislate
1710-20; back formation from legislation, legislator
Related forms
overlegislate, verb, overlegislated, overlegislating.
quasi-legislated, adjective
unlegislated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for legislate
  • They attempted and almost succeeded in the effort to legislate us out of office.
  • Then it would be up to every state to legislate accordingly.
  • We can, and do, legislate acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
  • There would be no need to legislate against interbreeding.
  • They claim to legislate for every aspect of life, and they claim the right to scrutinize everything that is said and even thought.
  • The government cannot legislate that imbalance away.
  • Data security is hugely important: too important not to legislate, while too important to rush into legislation.
  • They might then legislate the broad reforms in insurance and payment that would make this model much more effective.
  • That's empirical proof that politicians are willing to try to legislate narrow partisan beliefs into reality.
  • Instead of creating equal opportunity, it tried to legislate equal results.
British Dictionary definitions for legislate


(intransitive) to make or pass laws
(transitive) to bring into effect by legislation
Word Origin
C18: back formation from legislator
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Word Origin and History for legislate

1805, back-formation from legislation, etc. Related: Legislated; legislating.

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