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"legislate" in British English

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legislateverb [I]

uk   /ˈledʒ.ɪ.sleɪt/  us   /ˈledʒ.ə.sleɪt/ formal
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.
(Definition of legislate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"legislate" in American English

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legislateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈledʒ·əsˌleɪt/
politics & government to make laws: [T] The Clean Air Act legislated a reduction of pollution from power plants.
(Definition of legislate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"legislate" in Business English

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legislateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈledʒɪsleɪt/ LAW
to make rules or laws relating to a particular activity: We cannot legislate a charge on businesses outside the state.legislate for/on sth The purpose of the Electronic Communications Bill was to legislate for a framework in which e-commerce could safely take place.legislate against sth Legislating against carbon emissions is central to the Kyoto Protocol agreement.legislate on sth In the interests of balancing the economy, Congress must legislate on trade.legislate to do sth Several ministers are legislating to ban political donations from people not registered to vote.
(Definition of legislate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “legislate”
in Korean 법률을 제정하다…
in Arabic يَشرّع…
in Malaysian menggubal…
in French légiférer…
in Russian издавать законы…
in Chinese (Traditional) 立法…
in Italian legiferare…
in Turkish yasa çıkarmak, kanun yapmak…
in Polish ustanawiać prawo lub prawa…
in Spanish legislar…
in Vietnamese lập pháp…
in Portuguese legislar…
in Thai ออกกฎหมาย…
in German Gesetze geben…
in Catalan legislar…
in Japanese 法律を定める…
in Chinese (Simplified) 立法…
in Indonesian menjadikan undang-undang…
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