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  1. man·date
    IPA[ˈmanˌdāt]
  2. noun

    • 1. an official order or commission to do something:

      a mandate to seek the release of political prisoners
    • 2. a commission by which a party is entrusted to perform a service, especially without payment and with indemnity against loss by that party.

    • 3. an order from an appellate court to a lower court to take a specific action.

    • 4. a written authority enabling someone to carry out transactions on another's bank account.

    • 5. a commission from the League of Nations to a member state to administer a territory:

      the end of the British mandate in Palestine
    • 6. the authority to carry out a policy or course of action, regarded as given by the electorate to a candidate or party that is victorious in an election:

      a sick leader living beyond his mandate
    • 7. a period during which a government is in power:

      the last mandate of Trudeau, from 1980 to 1984, was a remarkable chapter in Canadian history

    verb

    • 1. give (someone) authority to act in a certain way:

      other colleges have mandated coed fraternities
    • 2. require (something) to be done; make mandatory:

      the government began mandating better car safety
    • 3. assign (territory) under a mandate of the League of Nations:

      mandated territories
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: mandate, plural noun: mandates

    • v.: verb: mandate, 3rd person present: mandates, gerund or present participle: mandating, past tense: mandated, past participle: mandated

    • noun

      an official order or commission to do something:

      a commission by which a party is entrusted to perform a service, especially without payment and with indemnity against loss by that party.

    • verb

      give (someone) authority to act in a certain way:

      require (something) to be done; make mandatory:

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