[intransitive] legislate (for/against/on something) (formal) to make a law affecting something The government will legislate against discrimination in the workplace. (figurative) You can't legislate against bad luck! They promised to legislate to protect people's right to privacy. See related entries: Parliament Word Origin early 18th cent.: back-formation from legislation.Extra examples The European Parliament will legislate on further integration. The King restricted Parliament’s power to legislate. The government has been urged to legislate against discrimination in the workplace. They promised to legislate to protect the right to privacy.
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BrE BrE//ˈledʒɪsleɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈledʒɪsleɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they legislate
BrE BrE//ˈledʒɪsleɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈledʒɪsleɪt//he / she / it legislates
BrE BrE//ˈledʒɪsleɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈledʒɪsleɪts//past simple legislated
BrE BrE//ˈledʒɪsleɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈledʒɪsleɪtɪd//past participle legislated
BrE BrE//ˈledʒɪsleɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈledʒɪsleɪtɪd//-ing form legislating
BrE BrE//ˈledʒɪsleɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈledʒɪsleɪtɪŋ//Parliament