Definition of “mandate” - English Dictionary

“mandate” in British English

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mandatenoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈmæn.deɪt/ us /ˈmæn.deɪt/

mandateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmæn.deɪt/ us /ˈmæn.deɪt/

(Definition of “mandate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“mandate” in American English

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mandatenoun [ C ]

us /ˈmæn·deɪt/

authority to act in a particular way given to a government or a person, esp. as a result of a vote or ruling:

mandateverb [ T ]

us /ˈmæn·deɪt/

to make something necessary, esp. as a rule:

The law mandated a minimum six-year sentence for violent crimes.

(Definition of “mandate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“mandate” in Business English

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mandatenoun

uk /ˈmændeɪt/ us

[ C, usually singular, or U ] an official order or requirement to do something:

mandate to do sth Norad's mandate is to promote effective management of funds for development assistance.
The region is already under federal mandate to reduce air pollution.

[ C, usually singular, or U ] GOVERNMENT official permission or the right to do something, usually given as the result of a vote:

mandate to do sth The government claimed that it had a mandate to raise taxes.
The CEO disputed that the disposal of the 10.5 million shares was based on the shareholder mandate.

[ C ] GOVERNMENT the period of time that a government or an elected person is allowed to remain in power:

She has just another two months in office before her mandate comes to an end.

[ C ] BANKING bank mandate

mandateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmændeɪt/ us

to officially require someone to do something, or something to happen:

mandate sb to do sth Lawmakers mandated them to change the rules after questions about the safety of the procedure arose.
mandate that The government should have mandated that these figures be made public.
In Ohio, every bridge is mandated to be inspected annually.

to give official permission for someone to do something, or for something to happen:

mandate sb to do sth The department was mandated to proceed with the project.

(Definition of “mandate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)