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[n] (politics) the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
[n] a document giving an official instruction or command
[n] a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and inhabited by people not yet able to stand by themselves and so put under the tutelage of some other European power
[v] assign authority to
[v] assign under a mandate; of nations

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Misc. Definitions

\Man"date\, n. [L. mandatum, fr. mandare to commit to one's charge, order, orig., to put into one's hand; manus hand + dare to give: cf. F. mandat. See {Manual}, {Date} a time, and cf. {Commend}, {Maundy Thursday}.]
1. An official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept. This dream all-powerful Juno; I bear Her mighty mandates, and her words you hear. --Dryden.
2. (Canon Law) A rescript of the pope, commanding an ordinary collator to put the person therein named in possession of the first vacant benefice in his collation.
3. (Scots Law) A contract by which one employs another to manage any business for him. By the Roman law, it must have been gratuitous. --Erskine.

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