V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. an order or charge; 2. a document giving an official instruction or command

Synonyms: order, command, ruling, decree, requirement, sanction, edict, writ, authorization, dictate, directive

Antonyms: option, preference, privilege

Tips: A mandate is a "mandatory," or compulsory, charge. In politics a mandate is often used to denote an overwhelming approval of voters for a politician, political party, or a new proposition. If 70% of voters supported a proposition, it would be a clear mandate (directive, order) by the voters. Mandate can also be used as a verb, meaning "to assign" or "dictate" an order or directive.

Usage Examples:

By electing the Republican congressman, voters sent a clear mandate that they wanted tax relief. (edict, directive)

A quality mandate has been sent down from upper management; everyone must follow the strictest quality control. (requirement, directive)

The CEO should mandate responsibilities to his team so that everyone is clear on what needs to be done. (assign, dictate) verb

In order to cut costs, the company created a new mandate which prohibited executives from flying first class. (ruling, sanction)

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