leg·is·late /'le-jəs-ˌlāt/ vb -lat·ed, -lat·ing
vi: to perform the function of legislation; specif: to make or enact laws
vt: to cause, create, provide, or bring about by legislation

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb authorize, codify, constituere, create by law, decree, dictate, effect, enact, enact laws, establish, establish by law, exercise the function of legislation, formulate, institute, leges facere, make into law, make laws, make legal, order, originate, pass, pass laws, prescribe laws, put in force, rule, sanction, scribere, vote in II index authorize, constitute (establish), enact, govern, legalize, mandamus, pass (approve)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To create or pass a law or resolution.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To enact laws or pass resolutions by the lawmaking process, in contrast to law that is derived from principles espoused by courts in decisions.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

To enact laws or pass resolutions by the lawmaking process, in contrast to law that is derived from principles espoused by courts in decisions.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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