legislate

legislate
le|gis|late [ˈledʒısleıt] v [I]
[Date: 1700-1800; Origin: legislator]
1.) to make a law about something
legislate on
Only Parliament has the power to legislate on constitutional matters.
legislate for/against
The government has promised to legislate against discrimination.
We must legislate for equal pay.
legislate to do sth
We must legislate to control these drugs.
2.) legislate for sth
to think about how something may affect what you are doing, and do something to prepare for it
You can't legislate for bad luck.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • legislate — leg·is·late / le jəs ˌlāt/ vb lat·ed, lat·ing vi: to perform the function of legislation; specif: to make or enact laws vt: to cause, create, provide, or bring about by legislation Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • legislate — ► VERB 1) make or enact laws. 2) (legislate for/against) make provision for …   English terms dictionary

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  • legislate — (v.) 1805, back formation from LEGISLATION (Cf. legislation), etc. Related: Legislated; legislating …   Etymology dictionary

  • legislate — [lej′is lāt΄] vi. legislated, legislating [back form. < LEGISLATOR] to make or pass a law or laws vt. to cause to be, become, go, etc. by making laws …   English World dictionary

  • legislate — UK [ˈledʒɪˌsleɪt] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms legislate : present tense I/you/we/they legislate he/she/it legislates present participle legislating past tense legislated past participle legislated to create a new law and have it… …   English dictionary

  • legislate — leg|is|late [ ledʒı,sleıt ] verb intransitive or transitive 1. ) to control something by creating a law about it: You can t legislate civility. legislate for/against: a committee legislating against the sale of tobacco 2. ) to create a new law… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • legislate — /lej is layt /, v., legislated, legislating. v.i. 1. to exercise the function of legislation; make or enact laws. v.t. 2. to create, provide, or control by legislation: attempts to legislate morality. [1710 20; back formation from LEGISLATION,… …   Universalium

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