mandate

A mandate is like an official command or a go-ahead. When a politician wins an election by a lot, that's a mandate for their ideas.

A mandate gives authority. If the government gives schools a mandate to test more, then the schools had better give more tests. People who work for the Peace Corps have a mandate to help various countries with things like getting clean drinking water. A politician who believe in higher taxes and then gets elected considers that a mandate to raise taxes. When you have a mandate, it's like a ticket to get something done.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: mandate

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nv
a document giving an official instruction or command
assign under a mandate
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n
a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: mandate
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n a document giving an official instruction or command

Synonyms:
authorisation, authorization
Type of:
instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
(law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

n the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory

Type of:
commission, commissioning
the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions

v assign under a mandate

mandate a colony”
Type of:
assign, delegate, depute, designate
give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

v assign authority to

Type of:
assign, delegate, depute, designate
give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

v make mandatory

“the new director of the school board mandated regular tests”
Type of:
dictate, order, prescribe
issue commands or orders for
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n a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves

Synonyms:
mandatory
Examples:
Palestine
a former British mandate on the east coast of the Mediterranean; divided between Jordan and Israel in 1948
Type of:
district, dominion, territorial dominion, territory
a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
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