mandate

A mandate is an official command or a go-ahead. When a politician wins an election by a wide margin, that's a mandate to implement her 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 believes 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.

Definitions of mandate
  1. noun
    a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
    synonyms: charge, commission, direction
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    types:
    misdirection
    an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge
    type of:
    bid, bidding, command, dictation
    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
  2. noun
    a document giving an official instruction or command
    synonyms: authorisation, authorization
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    type of:
    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
  3. noun
    the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
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    type of:
    commission, commissioning
    the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
  4. verb
    assign under a mandate
    mandate a colony”
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    type of:
    assign, delegate, depute, designate
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  5. verb
    assign authority to
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    type of:
    assign, delegate, depute, designate
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  6. verb
    make mandatory
    “the new director of the school board mandated regular tests”
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    type of:
    dictate, order, prescribe
    issue commands or orders for
  7. noun
    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
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    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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