AskDefine | Define mandate

Dictionary Definition



1 a document giving an official instruction or command [syn: authorization, authorisation]
2 a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they ar able to stand by themselves [syn: mandatory]
3 the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory


1 assign under a mandate; "mandate a colony"
2 make mandatory; "the new director of the schoolbaord mandated regular tests"
3 assign authority to

User Contributed Dictionary



Noun is from mandatum and verb is from the noun.



  1. An official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept.



  1. to authorize




  1. Plural of mandata


  1. second-person plural present tense of mandare
  2. second-person plural imperative of mandare
  3. feminine plural past participle of mandare

Extensive Definition

Mandate can refer to:
mandate in Czech: Mandát
mandate in German: Mandat
mandate in French: Mandat
mandate in Dutch: Mandaat
mandate in Polish: Mandat
mandate in Portuguese: Mandato (desambiguação)
mandate in Slovenian: Mandat
mandate in Finnish: Mandaatti
mandate in Russian: мандат
mandate in Turkish: Manda (diplomasi)

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