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
• It was a mandate
that cars not speed on that curve in the road.
• The party in power has a clear mandate
• 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.
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