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v. leg·is·lat·ed, leg·is·lat·ing, leg·is·lates
To draft or enact laws.
1. To draft or enact (a law).
2. To bring about, establish, or influence by means of legislation: legislate safety standards; legislate social attitudes.

[Back-formation from legislator.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.legislating - the act of making or enacting laws
governing, government activity, government, governance, administration - the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"
criminalisation, criminalization - legislation that makes something illegal; "the criminalization of marijuana"
decriminalisation, decriminalization - legislation that makes something legal that was formerly illegal
enactment, passage - the passing of a law by a legislative body
legislation, statute law - law enacted by a legislative body
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
reconsider - consider again (a bill) that had been voted upon before, with a view to altering it
filibuster - obstruct deliberately by delaying
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References in classic literature ?
Whether sixty-five members for a few years, and a hundred or two hundred for a few more, be a safe depositary for a limited and well-guarded power of legislating for the United States?
The diet possesses the general power of legislating for the empire; of making war and peace; contracting alliances; assessing quotas of troops and money; constructing fortresses; regulating coin; admitting new members; and subjecting disobedient members to the ban of the empire, by which the party is degraded from his sovereign rights and his possessions forfeited.
But there is, I think, small wisdom in legislating about such matters,-- I doubt if it is ever done; nor are any precise written enactments about them likely to be lasting.