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Definition of mandate
1an official order or commission to do something:a mandate to seek the release of political prisoners Law a commission by which a party is entrusted to perform a service, especially without payment and with indemnity against loss by that party. Law an order from an appellate court to a lower court to take a specific action. a written authority enabling someone to carry out transactions on another’s bank account. historical a commission from the League of Nations to a member state to administer a territory:the end of the British mandate in Palestine
2the authority to carry out a policy or course of action, regarded as given by the electorate to a candidate or party that is victorious in an election:a sick leader living beyond his mandate Canadian a period during which a government is in power.
verb [with object]
1give (someone) authority to act in a certain way:other colleges have mandated coed fraternities require (something) to be done; make mandatory:the government began mandating better car safety 2 historical assign (territory) under a mandate of the League of Nations: (as adjective mandated)mandated territories