June 13, 2012
stipulate (verb)
\STIP-yuh-layt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to demand or insist on as part of an agreement
How do you use it?
Jared's new apartment lease stipulates that he will do the yard work in summer and shovel the driveway in winter.
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these events do you think occurred around the time that "stipulate" first appeared in English?

"Stipulate" first appeared around 1620, the year the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth and signed the agreement that would become known as the Mayflower Compact. Several other words that were connected with business and the law also entered English at around the same time as "stipulate." Among them were "currency," which refers to money in circulation, and the verb "deposit," which might mean either to put money in a bank or to give something as a pledge that a purchase will be made or a service used. If the deal falls through, one party might bring a case in court, or "lawsuit," against the other.
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