Definition of mandate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    mandate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmændeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmændeɪt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmænˈdeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmænˈdeɪt//
     
    [often passive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mandate
    BrE BrE//ˈmændeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmændeɪt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmænˈdeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmænˈdeɪt//
     
    he / she / it mandates
    BrE BrE//ˈmændeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmændeɪts//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmænˈdeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmænˈdeɪts//
     
    past simple mandated
    BrE BrE//ˈmændeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmændeɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmænˈdeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmænˈdeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle mandated
    BrE BrE//ˈmændeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmændeɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmænˈdeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmænˈdeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form mandating
    BrE BrE//ˈmændeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmændeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmænˈdeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmænˈdeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1mandate that… | mandate somebody (to do something) (especially North American English) to order somebody to behave, do something or vote in a particular way The law mandates that imported goods be identified as such.
  2. 2mandate somebody/something to do something to give somebody, especially a government or a committee, the authority to do something The assembly was mandated to draft a constitution. We need to be sure that the directors are mandated to act.
  3. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin mandatum ‘something commanded’, neuter past participle of mandare, from manus ‘hand’ + dare ‘give’. Senses 1 and 2 of the noun have been influenced by French mandat.
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