To ‘legislate‘ means to introduce new laws. ‘Legislation’ is the new laws that are introduced.
Example of today’s usage:
- The government should introduce new legislation to control the use of weapons.
- In the 1970s the government legislated to ensure that women had equal pay to men for equal work.
Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
labour of love, labourious work
legality of, legal advice, legal counsel, legally bound
legislation for, new legislation
the majority of, major problem
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Complete the sentences below with the correct form of the word.
- The _______________ of the staff are not happy with the wages offered. (labour, major)
- Some people think drugs should be _______________ to reduce drug-related crime. (legal, major)
- The government passed new _______________ related to visas. (legislate, legal)
- When you do a research project, you have to be ______________ in your planning. (legislate, method)
- Some countries use cheap ______________ from other countries to do a lot of undesirable work. (labour, method )
Answers (in the wrong order below)
4. methodical 3. legislation 2.legalised 1. majority 5. labour