What does the word legislate mean?

Usage examples for legislate

  1. The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous, their prosperity will find its way up and through every class that rests upon it. – Contemporary American History, 1877-1913 by Charles A. Beard
  2. To immunise society is not, however, a mere juggler's trick; we cannot ask Washington to legislate us into immunity. – American World Policies by Walter E. Weyl