"mandates" in the noun sense
1. mandate, authorization, authorisation
a document giving an official instruction or command
2. mandate, mandatory
a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves
the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
"mandates" in the verb sense
assign under a mandate
"mandate a colony"
"the new director of the school board mandated regular tests"
assign authority to
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