en·​act | \i-ˈnakt \
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 \ 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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As a new piece of legislation enacted in May, GDPR violations are still relatively untested in courts so it’s unclear exactly how strong of a case these seven consumer groups have. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google accused of GDPR privacy violations by seven countries," 27 Nov. 2018 The agency last week issued guidance for the deductibility of food and meals under the tax law enacted in December. Joyce M. Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "IRS issues guidance on deductibility of business meals," 8 Oct. 2018 The state created the Aaron Feis Guardian program this year as part of a series of school safety measures enacted in the wake of the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Most applying to be Broward armed guardians fail to meet qualifications," 13 July 2018 Trost said the Transit Security Advisory Committee assists BART in complying with California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, legislation enacted in 1959 outlawing discrimination based on such factors as gender and race. Ted Andersen, SFChronicle.com, "Two-thirds of people banned from BART are black — and agency isn’t asking why," 6 July 2018 Sensible calls for data sovereignty include the consumer-friendly policies enacted in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018 The law, enacted in June 2015, said that going forward, the data would be retained by telecommunications companies, not the NSA, but that the intelligence agency could query the massive database. CBS News, "NSA deletion of more than 685 million call records raises questions," 30 June 2018 Laws enacted in the 1990s, including one that improved protection of intellectual property, brought foreign agri-businesses such as Bayer and Syngenta. The Economist, "Tough times for Embrapa, a jewel of Brazilian innovation," 28 June 2018 Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson proposed the ordinance, which would be modeled after similar bear rules enacted in Orange and Seminole counties. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Apopka to consider bear ordinance, bear-resistant trash cans," 26 June 2018

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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

: 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 \
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 \

Legal Definition of enact 

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

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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