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verb [intransitive]     legislate pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelegislating
past tenselegislated
past participlelegislated
  1. to create a new law and have it officially accepted

    The government could legislate to deal with such disturbances.

    legislate for/against:

    Legislating against these practices could be counterproductive.

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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