noun man·date \ˈman-ˌdāt\

: an official order to do something

: the power to act that voters give to their elected leaders

Full Definition of MANDATE

:  an authoritative command; especially :  a formal order from a superior court or official to an inferior one
:  an authorization to act given to a representative <accepted the mandate of the people>
a :  an order or commission granted by the League of Nations to a member nation for the establishment of a responsible government over a former German colony or other conquered territory
b :  a mandated territory

Examples of MANDATE

  1. Sports fans have considerable forbearance. Year after year they endure escalating ticket prices, the abomination known as seat licensing and the implied mandate that taxpayers should foot the bill for the new stadium or arena that will absolutely revive downtown. —Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated, 30 July 2007

Origin of MANDATE

Middle French & Latin; Middle French mandat, from Latin mandatum, from neuter of mandatus, past participle of mandare to entrust, enjoin, probably irregular from manus hand + -dere to put — more at manual, do
First Known Use: 1501

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verb man·date \ˈman-ˌdāt\

: to officially demand or require (something)

: to officially give (someone) the power to do something


Full Definition of MANDATE

transitive verb
:  to administer or assign (as a territory) under a mandate (see 1mandate)
:  to officially require (something) :  make (something) mandatory :  order <a law mandating recycling>; also :  to direct or require (someone) to do something <a commission mandated to investigate corruption>

Examples of MANDATE

  1. The carbon prices on the European exchanges are higher precisely because the allowances for carbon emissions are mandated by government. —Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, 2006

Origin of MANDATE

(see 1mandate)
First Known Use: 1919

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MANDATE Defined for Kids


noun man·date \ˈman-ˌdāt\

Definition of MANDATE for Kids

:  an order from a higher court to a lower court
:  a command or instruction from an authority
:  the instruction given by voters to their elected representatives

Word Root of MANDATE

The Latin word mandāre, meaning to commit or to order, gives us the root mand. Words from the Latin mandāre have something to do with committing or ordering. When a task is mandatory, someone has ordered that it must be done. To command is to order someone to do something. A mandate is an order from an authority to follow specific instructions.


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