Definition of legislate in English:


Syllabification: leg·is·late
Pronunciation: /ˈlejəˌslāt


[no object]
  • 1Make or enact laws: he didn’t want to name anyone to the Court who would legislate from the bench
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    • More and more, courts in both the United States and Europe are legislating from the bench.
    • That is what we mean when we say the States cannot legislate about these matters in federal jurisdiction.
    • There is no doubt that the Parliament could so legislate, constitutional protections aside.
    make laws, pass laws, enact laws, formulate laws; authorize, decree, order, sanction
  • 1.1 [with object] Cover, affect, or create by making or enacting laws: Congress must legislate strong new laws
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    • Although the position is not legislated at the moment, it has been appointed by the Chief of the Defence Force.
    • Since circumstances constantly change, laws cannot be legislated to cover every possible case.
    • It would be obviously improper for the Justices to legislate specific rules about what is private versus what is public.


early 18th century: back-formation from legislation.

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