verb (used without object), leg·is·lat·ed, leg·is·lat·ing.
- to exercise the function of legislation; make or enact laws.
verb (used with object), leg·is·lat·ed, leg·is·lat·ing.
- to create, provide, or control by legislation: attempts to legislate morality.
- (intr) to make or pass laws
- (tr) to bring into effect by legislation
v.1805, back-formation from legislation, etc. Related: Legislated; legislating.