Definition of legislate in US English:

legislate

verb

[no object]
  • 1Make or enact laws.

    ‘he didn't want to name anyone to the Court who would legislate from the bench’
    • ‘Parliament has legislated that they are not be treated as a class but as individuals.’
    • ‘The Commonwealth, in the Judiciary Act provisions, has also legislated in relation to legal practitioners in federal jurisdiction.’
    • ‘They are applicable because this is an area that the Commonwealth is entitled to legislate in, clearly, and has legislated in.’
    • ‘Other forms of delegated legislation include the power of ministers to legislate by Order in Council and for local authorities to make by-laws.’
    • ‘Only a few governments, such as New Zealand's, have legislated specifically for sustainable development.’
    • ‘On this basis, Herron announced that the government would legislate to authorise construction of the bridge.’
    • ‘In particular they should not be used to legislate.’
    • ‘In Australia, the situation differs significantly as several jurisdictions have already legislated to prohibit the removal, storage and use of sperm from a man who is dying or has died.’
    • ‘It makes good sense, however, to include as many species as possible when legislating in order to control contagious livestock diseases.’
    • ‘That principle places limitations on the power of Parliament to legislate to abrogate or undermine those fundamental rules.’
    • ‘For safety reasons the city authorities should legislate to make it compulsory that a paying passenger should also be given a helmet.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the Parliament could so legislate, constitutional protections aside.’
    • ‘The argument also fails to recognise that Parliament can legislate in breach of the rules of international law.’
    • ‘He is attempting to pack the courts with zealots and activists who are not impartial and who will legislate from the bench.’
    • ‘That is what we mean when we say the States cannot legislate about these matters in federal jurisdiction.’
    • ‘And it will mean legislating to end age discrimination at work.’
    • ‘More and more, courts in both the United States and Europe are legislating from the bench.’
    • ‘See also Glenn Reynolds' comments on Congress' lack of Constitutional authority to legislate in this area.’
    • ‘Otherwise, the Commonwealth could always legislate to say certain categories of State legislation are prohibited.’
    • ‘The National Government explicitly declined to legislate in order to overturn that precedent.’
    make laws, pass laws, enact laws, formulate laws, establish laws, codify laws, ratify laws, constitutionalize, put laws in force
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    1. 1.1with object Cover, affect, or create by making or enacting laws.
      ‘Congress must legislate strong new laws’
      • ‘Welcoming the government's decision, local human rights activists said there is no urgency to legislate the proposed law.’
      • ‘The federal government has the exclusive right to legislate copyright law.’
      • ‘Although Living Wills have been legislated through federal law, it has been left to each state to develop requirements for interpreting and implementing these documents.’
      • ‘The book's title alludes to an anti-Semitic law legislated by Frederick II of Prussia that every Jew at marriage had to purchase a surplus of goods from the royal china factory.’
      • ‘Using this model, the Court determined that Article 10 was violated when Austria legislated a public monopoly on broadcasting.’
      • ‘The stores are reacting to the more than 30 states that already legislate such restrictions or have laws pending.’
      • ‘Then, in typical left-wing fashion, the Government, having legislated one piece of nonsense, has to legislate another to fix it.’
      • ‘The position is that the articles have legislated a particular set of sanctions, namely, that a transfer which does not comply with the article is void.’
      • ‘What I am saying is that if, for example, the State legislates abolishment of trial by jury, the Commonwealth will not allow to this, but that is inconsistent with the Commonwealth law.’
      • ‘Trying to legislate a policy for something that doesn't yet exist would run up against all sorts of problems.’
      • ‘The greatest enemy is government, which has historically legislated privileges or restrictions based on gender.’
      • ‘By doing so and legislating the Qassas laws, the post-revolutionary state endowed fathers with the undisputed right of life and death over their children.’
      • ‘The court arguably has implemented reforms that would have been better legislated by Congress, and without the balance that a Congressional debate would have facilitated.’
      • ‘That's because their job is to apply the law, not legislate it.’
      • ‘Since circumstances constantly change, laws cannot be legislated to cover every possible case.’
      • ‘She asked Congress on Saturday to legislate stiff punishments for illegal loggers, stopping short of calling for the death penalty.’
      • ‘So in the first instance, I say to members opposite that, instead of turning this into a race issue, they should acknowledge that this Parliament legislated different laws.’
      • ‘It would be obviously improper for the Justices to legislate specific rules about what is private versus what is public.’
      • ‘Although the position is not legislated at the moment, it has been appointed by the Chief of the Defence Force.’
      • ‘If the right to recall is legislated to become a law of the land, it can have a very sobering effect on our politicians; many of them take the voter for granted.’

Origin

Early 18th century: back-formation from legislation.

Pronunciation

legislate

/ˈlejəˌslāt//ˈlɛdʒəˌsleɪt/