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mandate

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈmæn.deɪt/ us  

mandate noun [C usually singular] (AUTHORITY)

the authority given to an elected group of people, such as a government, to perform an action or govern a country: At the forthcoming elections, the government will be seeking a fresh mandate from the people. [+ to infinitive] The president secured the Congressional mandate to go to war by three votes.

mandate noun [C usually singular] (AREA NAME)

specialized politics the name of an area of land that has been given to a country by the UN, following or as part of a peace agreement

mandate

verb [T] uk   /ˈmæn.deɪt/ us  

mandate verb [T] (GIVE PERMISSION)

to give official permission for something to happen: The UN rush to mandate war totally ruled out any alternatives.

mandate verb [T] (ORDER)

mainly US to order someone to do something: [+ to infinitive] Our delegates have been mandated to vote against the proposal at the conference.
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