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mandate

noun [C]  /ˈmæn·deɪt/ us  
authority to act in a particular way given to a government or a person, esp. as a result of a vote or ruling: [+ to infinitive] The president secured a congressional mandate to send troops to Bosnia.

mandate

verb [T]  /ˈmæn·deɪt/ us  
to make something necessary, esp. as a rule: The law mandated a minimum six-year sentence for violent crimes.
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