enact

verb
en·​act | \ i-ˈnakt How to pronounce enact (audio) \
enacted; enacting; enacts

Definition of enact

transitive verb

1 : to establish by legal and authoritative act specifically : to make into law enact a bill
2 : act out enact a role

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Other Words from enact

enactor \ i-​ˈnak-​tər How to pronounce enactor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for enact

Synonyms

constitute, lay down, legislate, make, ordain, pass

Antonyms

repeal, rescind, revoke

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Examples of enact in a Sentence

Congress will enact legislation related to that issue. The law was finally enacted today.

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Teasing out how that effect enacts itself in the body is trickier. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "Everything You Should Know Before Taking Fish Oil Supplements," 21 Aug. 2018 The measure would require that any future gas-tax or vehicle-fee hikes go before voters, with a majority needed to enact them. Melody Gutierrez, SFChronicle.com, "Gas taxes, cage-free chickens and a chopped-up California top fall ballot," 3 July 2018 Appropriations committees are using those spending levels to draft 12 spending bills in an attempt to enact them by the Sept. 30 government shutdown deadline. Erik Wasson, chicagotribune.com, "House GOP unveils budget to fast-track tax cuts, end Obamacare," 19 June 2018 All of these organizations give citizens who care opportunities to enact change. Molly Jong-fast, Glamour, "We’ve Outgrown the Women’s March. Here’s What Happens Next.," 18 Jan. 2019 On International Women's Day last week, the Duchess was named Vice President of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, an organization that helps young people across the 53 Commonwealth nations enact positive change in their communities. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a White Coat and Printed Dress to the Commonwealth Day Service in London," 11 Mar. 2019 In the wake of Trump’s election, showing solidarity and support for populations left most vulnerable by his presidency is crucial in enacting large-scale social change. C Mandler, Seventeen, "Please Stop Wearing Those Pussy Hats To Women's Marches," 18 Jan. 2019 DefenseNews reports the Army’s accident rate actually dropped after the Sequestration was enacted. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What's Behind the Stark Rise in U.S. Military Accidents?," 6 Dec. 2018 Unlike in the European Union, which recently enacted the General Data Protection Regulation, there are no US laws requiring companies to disclose this kind of information to consumers who seek it. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Congress Grills Cambridge Analytica Alum on New Firm’s Data Use," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of enact

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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enact

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enact

somewhat formal : to perform (something, such as a scene in a play)
: to make (a bill or other legislation) officially become part of the law

enact

verb
en·​act | \ i-ˈnakt How to pronounce enact (audio) \
enacted; enacting

Kids Definition of enact

1 : to perform or act out Two students enacted the story for the class.
2 : to make into law enact legislation

Other Words from enact

enactment \ -​mənt \ noun
en·​act | \ i-ˈnakt How to pronounce enact (audio) \

Legal Definition of enact

: to establish by legal and authoritative act : make into law enact a bill

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