Definition of mandate in English:

mandate

noun

  • 1An official order or commission to do something.

    ‘a mandate to seek the release of political prisoners’
    • ‘How can it be free to seek the truth when its mandate is spelled out in the executive order that the president signed?’
    • ‘Although my official mandate was to study Pakistani farmers, I was obliged to give equal attention to foresters.’
    • ‘He said he stressed to Mr Mandelson that a key issue for Ireland is the mandate given to the Commission by the EU member states in these negotiations.’
    • ‘Further, we demand a repeal of all previous executive orders and administrative mandates.’
    • ‘Even some local trade officials ignored the new mandates to recruit women.’
    • ‘None of the 10 members of ASEAN sent officials with a mandate to commit governments to any trade pacts.’
    • ‘Well, let me ask you about that, because you're being very clear that there must be two separate appeals to the Security Council for a mandate.’
    • ‘Last Sunday, he officially handed them the mandate to form a government.’
    • ‘‘The commission will decide how or whether the mandate will be addressed,’ he said.’
    • ‘He said that the committee had received a clear mandate from the meeting to use all means at its disposal to force him to reverse his decision.’
    • ‘Manitoba Conservation has the mandate to inspect all manure storage structures yearly and order any necessary repairs.’
    • ‘In the next 12 weeks, carry out each of these mandates in the order you've arranged them.’
    • ‘Included in this is the mandate to the Prime Minister to set up an Anti-corruption Commission as speedily as possible.’
    • ‘However, we will not accept one job cut or any reduction in equipment and would seek a mandate for strike action should that be proposed.’
    • ‘Cheng said the party had given the press a mandate to monitor local officials.’
    • ‘The politicians promised to elevate this to the highest levels within Government and to seek a mandate as suggested.’
    • ‘These are not proclamations, orders, or mandates.’
    • ‘The Festival has a mandate to deliver a program of international standing and excellence and this must be its priority.’
    • ‘In October 2001, the EU Council of Ministers gave the commission a mandate to negotiate a revision of the convention.’
    • ‘The Human Rights Commission has the mandate to receive and investigate allegations of discrimination.’
    instruction, directive, direction, decree, command, order, injunction, edict, charge, commission, bidding, warrant, ruling, ordinance, law, statute, fiat
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    1. 1.1Law
      A commission by which a party is entrusted to perform a service, especially without payment and with indemnity against loss by that party.
      • ‘In carrying out its mandate, the Commission receives, analyses, and investigates individual petitions alleging violations of human rights.’
      • ‘A Call Center for tourist information is in the works, and tourist police have a mandate to provide service and protection for visitors.’
      • ‘The commission will be obliged to refer to any other agencies where a case or a situation is presented to it that is not the direct mandate of the commission.’
      • ‘Numerous service coverage mandates have also been introduced by some legislatures.’
      • ‘In two of the four cases the solicitors received signed mandates from the purported owners for the funds to be telegraphically transferred to a third party.’
    2. 1.2A written authorization enabling someone to carry out transactions on another's bank account.
      • ‘If that were right one would expect to see wives being independently advised before signing a typical mandate for a joint account.’
      • ‘If you have a friend or relative you completely trust, ask your bank to provide them with a third-party mandate.’
      • ‘When you fill in the application form for a joint account it will include a mandate giving you both the authority to access the account and the money in it.’
      • ‘He showed his value pretty quickly, pointing out that banks must have a legal mandate to debit someone's account.’
      • ‘A forged cheque is not a valid mandate, and the bank cannot debit the customer's account.’
    3. 1.3historical A commission from the League of Nations to a member state to administer a territory.
      ‘the end of the British mandate in Palestine’
      • ‘After the war, Japan continued to rule the islands under a mandate from the League of Nations.’
      • ‘After the war the League of Nations gave Britain, Australia, and New Zealand a trustee mandate over the territory.’
      • ‘Britain extracted a mandate to run it from the League of Nations, forerunner of the United Nations.’
      • ‘Another category of dependent imperial territory was formed by League of Nations mandates.’
      • ‘For the next 25 years, Syria was governed by French colonial administrators under a mandate from the League of Nations.’
  • 2The authority to carry out a policy, regarded as given by the electorate to a party or candidate that wins an election.

    ‘he called an election to seek a mandate for his policies’
    • ‘Newly elected ministers invariably choose to regard an election victory as conferring a mandate on their policies.’
    • ‘He lacks the freedom that a directly elected mayor gains from their direct relationship with the electorate and their clear mandate.’
    • ‘Hopkins said the election was a mandate from the voters.’
    • ‘No president for more than a century has assumed office with less of a popular mandate for his policies.’
    • ‘In a general sense, therefore, action has not been linked to any policy mandate from the public.’
    • ‘He might take it as a national mandate to pursue the policy of truculent unilateralism.’
    • ‘The temptation must be enormous to ask the electorate for a fresh mandate, now that the latest opinion polls show he has enough support to be returned to power.’
    • ‘Perhaps politicians should seek a new mandate from the electorate if they are unable to fulfil their promises.’
    • ‘Some even felt that in such a situation, the only honourable course would be for the government to call an election to re-establish a mandate for a change in course.’
    • ‘That's the kind of mandate election authorities need to do their job.’
    • ‘If the present government cannot maintain the integrity of the country then it should dissolve itself and call an election so that mandates are clear.’
    • ‘What's more, he will claim a mandate for every single policy he comes up with, even if they didn't appear in the election campaign.’
    • ‘We will therefore go back to the electorate to renew our mandate with confidence.’
    • ‘Neither side of the policy divide believes that it can win a popular mandate for its policies and fight things out in an open and honest form.’
    • ‘It simply provides that someone who changes his or her status in that kind of way needs to go and get a fresh mandate from the electorate.’
    • ‘Despite their mandate to serve their electorate, our representatives at the Commons are notoriously difficult to get hold of.’
    • ‘The public has grumbled to a point where it has lost faith in the Authority because of its failure to carry out its mandate.’
    • ‘He has made clear that he is seeking a personal and a political mandate in this election.’
    • ‘The rebels haven't even got a mandate through an election.’
    • ‘The ones who win and form the next government would thus have the mandate to pursue their policies and programmes.’
    authority, approval, acceptance, ratification, endorsement
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    1. 2.1Canadian A period during which a government is in power.
      ‘the last mandate of Trudeau, from 1980 to 1984, was a remarkable chapter in Canadian history’
      • ‘In August 2002, he announced that he would not seek a fourth mandate, but would serve until 2004.’
      • ‘Third parties may not always directly influence an election, but they do set the tone for what is discussed and start the next mandate off on a particular foot.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Give (someone) authority to act in a certain way.

    ‘the rightful king was mandated and sanctioned by God’
    • ‘With the money, it will acquire and restructure more mills, as mandated by the State Council.’
    • ‘Well, the problem here is, the ballot initiatives mandate something like 70 percent of the spending in the budget.’
    • ‘Having made this judgment, the Security Council may then mandate the US and its allies to use force in order to remove him.’
    • ‘The program was mandated to render assistance to forest occupants in developing and improving the ecological health of open and denuded forestlands by planting a combination of agricultural crops and tree species.’
    1. 1.1Require (something) to be done; make mandatory.
      ‘the government began mandating better car safety’
      • ‘His task in the next two hours, as mandated by the US State Department, is to summarise baseball for the foreign press.’
      • ‘In the states that began to mandate paternity leave, a slightly greater number of fathers utilized it.’
      • ‘More math and reading courses for elementary school teachers were mandated.’
      • ‘The law doesn't allow judges to deny such requests and it mandates payment for investigators and expert witnesses.’
      • ‘Likewise, mandating a ‘two winter’ test cycle might be needlessly conservative as computer models become more predictively accurate.’
      • ‘The rules, and thus the inconvenience, have always been mandated by the federal government.’
      • ‘The law would mandate children from kindergarten to second grade be taught Spanish at the same time they're learning English.’
      • ‘An emergency meeting of the Irish regional executive is expected to be mandated by the six Irish districts during the week.’
      • ‘For such patients, it may be unrealistic to mandate abstinence as a requirement for treatment.’
      • ‘Sometimes the text clearly mandates this, in which case I take it that many advocates of judicial restraint wouldn't object.’
      • ‘Arkansas recently became the first to mandate liability insurance as a requirement for obtaining a certificate.’
      • ‘They wanted it to be mandated, and they wanted legislation that would drive people to do that - just as this bill does.’
      • ‘Guatemala's government is about to mandate a catch-and-release policy, but most boats already do so.’
      • ‘Until recently it had suffered few consequences, other than economic sanctions that were mandated by Congress.’
      • ‘By the same token, let's examine the minimum wages as mandated by legislation.’
      • ‘Current Army requirements mandate change in order to move into the future.’
      • ‘For that reason, I do not believe that parental notification should be mandated by law.’
      • ‘At the same time, the FCC, as mandated by the act, will again review its media ownership rules.’
      • ‘People just seem to think that this can be mandated and then the world's problems are going to be solved.’
      • ‘The federal government has begun mandating it, and they insist that their architects earn at least a bronze rating.’
  • 2historical (of territory) be assigned to (another power) under a mandate of the League of Nations.

    ‘mandated territories’

Origin

Early 16th century: from Latin mandatum something commanded, neuter past participle of mandare, from manus hand + dare give. Sense 2 of the noun has been influenced by French mandat.

Pronunciation:

mandate

/manˈdeɪt/