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

Other Words from enact

enactor \ i-​ˈnak-​tər How to pronounce enact (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 The moves from Pelosi come at a time when the Biden White House is seeking to enact policies designed to strengthen labor unions. Kevin Freking, ajc, 6 May 2022 Black farmers still say that the government decided to enact policies and enable discrimination that dispossessed previous generations of their land. Dania Francis, The New Republic, 5 May 2022 The new filings also argue the Sheriff’s Department has failed to enact policies and procedures to address the high rate of opiate overdoses, particularly fentanyl, in its jails. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 And then the elections of these rogue prosecutors who enact pro-criminal, anti-victim policies. Fox News, 29 Apr. 2022 But the federal government allows states to enact policies authorizing elderly, disabled and homeless residents to buy food at restaurants that agree to sell meals at lower prices. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 But the federal government allows states to enact policies authorizing elderly, disabled and homeless residents to buy food at restaurants that agree to sell meals at lower prices. David A. Lieb, Chicago Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Under the Articles of Confederation, state delegates met to create and enact policies. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 Will Humble, the executive director of the nonprofit Arizona Public Health Association that advocates for various state health policies, also spoke at the event and slammed Gov. Doug Ducey for failing to enact policies that could have saved lives. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of enact

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Enact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enact. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for enact

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

enact

transitive verb
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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