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

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Examples of enact in a Sentence

Congress will enact legislation related to that issue. The law was finally enacted today.
Recent Examples on the Web However, Scruggs questioned whether the two congregants’ deaths might have been prevented had Texas enacted stronger gun legislation. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Gov. Greg Abbott awards medal to armed deacon who stopped White Settlement church attack," 13 Jan. 2020 The decision to enact a draft is not made at or by U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Josiah Bates, Time, "U.S. Army Issues Warning About Fake Texts Calling People to Report for a Draft," 10 Jan. 2020 The release clarified that the decision to enact a draft is made by the Selective Service System, a separate agency out of the Department of Defense. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "U.S. Army warns about fake military draft messages," 9 Jan. 2020 Countries must spend the money to enact solutions and build out robust, full-service mechanisms using pieces of existing technology. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk's Plan for One Giant Solar Farm Is a Little Insane, but Not Completely Insane," 10 Dec. 2019 Governments sometimes lack the resources to bridge the gap and are slow to enact policies fostering growth. Wired, "A Remote Tanzanian Village Logs Onto the Internet," 8 Dec. 2019 Sweeping reform lies in the hands of corporations and countries, but cutting down on trash is one way to enact change as individuals. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Want to Reduce Your Waste? Do This First.," 24 Oct. 2019 Will & Grace star McCormack has been attending the event since its inception, compelled by the Rape Center’s ability to enact positive change. Scott Huver, The Hollywood Reporter, "Survivor Stories and Celebrity Support Power the Rape Foundation’s Brunch," 7 Oct. 2019 The Act, considered a Valhalla for reformers, is actually more of a concept with no real plan in how to enact the changes proposed. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Happy New Year!," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of enact

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Enact.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enact. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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


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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