mandate - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] the authority of an elected government or official to do the things that they promised to do before an election
    mandate for:

    The Government claimed to have a mandate for their new legislation.

    mandate from:

    We will use this mandate from our electors to make independence our main aim.

    a mandate to do something:

    He was elected with a clear mandate to reduce taxes.

    1. a.
      the period of time during which an elected government or official is allowed to be in power

      He will have to step down at the end of his mandate.

  2. 2
    [countable] formal an official order to do something

    Their mandate is to report back by March on how the new tax law will change employment.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the authority given to a country to rule another country or region