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

Synonyms & Antonyms for enact


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


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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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 But its exact structure would depend on the enacting laws, which aren't passing any time soon. National Geographic, "Would a U.S. Space Force Be Legal? Get the Facts.," 19 June 2018 Kindig, a retired history teacher, began re-enacting 38 years ago. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin Civil War Experience offers window to both national and local history," 9 June 2018 That’s why people got sued on the first day that GDPR was enacted. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Snap CEO Evan Spiegel at Code 2018," 30 May 2018 The evenings were spent watching their heroes; the days were devoted to re-enacting their exploits. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 3 Weeks to Go - Italy's Greatest Servant, the Ageless Gianluigi Buffon," 29 May 2018 Thanks to that activism, more red states are passing bans on the harmful practice of conversion therapy and enacting laws that protect LGBTQ people. Samantha Allen, Seventeen, "LGBTQ Teens Don't Need To Leave Red States For College," 19 Feb. 2019 Kasich said that enacting the heartbeat bill would lead the state into a costly court battle and that the measure would likely be struck down as unconstitutional. Kantele Franko, The Seattle Times, "Ohio abortion ‘heartbeat bill’ returns to Legislature," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of enact

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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