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legislate

verb [I] uk   /ˈledʒ.ɪ.sleɪt/ formal us  
If a government legislates, it makes a new law: They promised to legislate against cigarette advertising. It's hard to legislate for (= make a law that will protect) the ownership of an idea.
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