Meaning of mandate
Pronunciation: (man'dāt), [key]
— n., v., -dat•ed, -dat•ing.
- a command or authorization to act in a particular way on a public issue given by the electorate to its representative: The president had a clear mandate to end the war.
- a command from a superior court or official to a lower one.
- an authoritative order or command: a royal mandate.
- (in the League of Nations) a commission given to a nation to administer the government and affairs of a former Turkish territory or German colony.
- a mandated territory or colony.
- an order issued by the pope, esp. one commanding the preferment of a certain person to a benefice.
- a contract by which one engages gratuitously to perform services for another.
- (in modern civil law) any contract by which a person undertakes to perform services for another.
- an order or decree by the emperor, esp. to governors of provinces.
- to authorize or decree (a particular action), as by the enactment of law.
- to order or require; make mandatory: to mandate sweeping changes in the election process.
- to consign (a territory, colony, etc.) to the charge of a particular nation under a mandate.
- mandate (Thesaurus)