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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Most such laws came into effect between 2008 and 2015; the first one in the country was enacted in New York in 2001. Justine Mcdaniel, Philly.com, "One hand on the wheel, one on the phone: Still legal while driving in Pa.," 6 July 2018 The laws were enacted to protect immigrant workers and prevent the Trump administration from seeking the state's help to ramp up deportations. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "California beats Trump in sanctuary state battle's first round," 5 July 2018 The bill, if enacted, would put at risk Ireland’s economic links to the United States, which are vital to Irish prosperity. Fortune, "This Irish Bill Could Create Huge Problems for U.S. Companies Like Apple," 9 July 2018 Westport enacted a ban on single-use plastic bags in 2009, with Greenwich also approving a ban in March. Alison Kuznitz, Courant Community, "Stonington To Consider Banning Plastic Straws, Bags," 5 July 2018 Within weeks after the incident, the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott enacted a gun-safety law that requires mental-health crisis intervention training for school resource officers across Florida. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "School resource officers learn to 'defuse' tense situations with mentally ill," 2 July 2018 Fearing a gunbattle, Benjamin and the City Council enacted an emergency ordinance banning firearms from an area surrounding the Statehouse. NBC News, "'We don't have to accept the carnage': Towns take a stand on gun control," 2 July 2018 The ruling could have an impact across the state as other city and county governments consider pension cuts and how they can be legally enacted. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 July 2018 Then, once the law was fully enacted and there was a president seeking to undermine it, the politics of loss aversion shifted, with people who had gained insurance more likely to be energized. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion," 13 July 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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