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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: legislator

legislate

verb
     
le‧gis‧late [intransitive]
1 to make a law about something
legislate on
Only Parliament has the power to legislate on constitutional matters.
legislate for/against
The government has promised to legislate against discrimination.
We must legislate for equal pay.
legislate to do something
We must legislate to control these drugs.
2

legislate for something

to think about how something may affect what you are doing, and do something to prepare for it:
You can't legislate for bad luck.

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