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legislate

leg·is·late

legislate

 
 
pronunciation:
le jih sleIt
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: legislate, legislated, legislating
definition: to create a law or laws.
The fundamental purpose of the Congress is to legislate.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to control or put limits on by legislation.
The government legislates immigration.
definition 2: to put into law; enact.
This government has legislated important reforms since it came into power.
 
Word Parts
The word legislate contains the following parts:
leg1 Latin root that means law
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).