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verb [transitive] mandate pronunciation in American English /ˈmænˌdeɪt/
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present tense
present participlemandating
past tensemandated
past participlemandated
  1. 1
    to give someone the authority to do something
  2. 2
    to give an official order or make a law stating that something must be done

    These proposals hope to reduce traffic and mandate lower speed limits.

    mandate that:

    San Francisco recently mandated that its public schools teach about World War II in Asia.



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