A Word A Day : Mandate

Tuesday, 29th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Verb & Noun )

Pronunciation : mán-dàyt

Past and past participle : mandated
Present participle : mandating
3rd person present singular : mandates


1. to assign a territory or region to a state under a mandate

2. to require or order something officially or formally

3. an official command or instruction from an authority

4. the authority bestowed on a government or other organization by an electoral victory, effectively authorizing it to carry out the policies for which it campaigned

5. a contract by which somebody agrees to perform a service without payment

6. an order from a superior court or official to a lower one

7. any territory that was placed by the League of Nations under the administration of one of its European member states after World War I

8. the power conferred by the League of Nations on a member state to administer a region


Latin mandātum - from neuter past participle of mandāre - to order


behest, bidding, charge, command, commandment, dictate, direction, directive, injunction, instruction, order, word, authority


denial, veto

Contextual Examples:

• It was a mandate that cars not speed on that curve in the road.

• The party in power has a clear mandate for reform.

• The law mandates systematic tracking and reporting of hazardous wastes.

• I heard that thousands of prisoners had been released, few of whom dared to return to their own countries owing to the mandate of terrible death which rests against all who return from the Valley Dor.

• Our mandate from the executive committee was to find the answer to the problem as quickly as possible.

• The newly elected president felt that the landslide vote had given him a mandate to do whatever he wanted to do.

Related Words:

mandatory : Adjective

mandator : Noun

Enjoy this list and then get around for preparing your own list of words. There is no better way of boosting your words power. The most effective way to build your vocabulary is described in the page on Word Power. Educational research has discovered that your I.Q. is intimately related to your Word Power. Take a standard Vocabulary test and then an intelligent test, the result in both will be substantially the same. The more extensive your vocabulary, the better your chances of success, other things being equal- success in attaining your educational goals, success in moving ahead in your business or professional career, success in achieving your intellectual potential.
Previous Word| Next Word | A Word A Day | Mandate to HOME PAGE

Follow These Links!