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Definition of mandate noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the authority to do something, given to a government or other organization by the people who vote for it in an election mandate (to do something) The election victory gave the mayor a clear mandate to continue her program of reform. mandate (for something) a mandate for an end to the civil war
  2. 2the period of time for which a government is given power The presidential mandate is limited to two terms of four years each.
  3. 3mandate (to do something) (formal) an official order given to someone to perform a particular task The bank had no mandate to honor the check.
  4. 4the power given to a country to govern another country or region, especially in the past The Cook Islands mandate was given to New Zealand.
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