enact

verb

en·​act i-ˈnakt How to pronounce enact (audio)
enacted; enacting; enacts

transitive verb

1
: to establish by legal and authoritative act
specifically : to make into law
enact a bill
2
: act out
enact a role
enactor noun

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 To raise awareness of the challenges and triumphs Black women face, Reese alongside and her mother former college ballplayer Angel Webb Reese star in a national ad, to urge congress to enact policy that support the economic progression of Black women. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 1 Apr. 2024 Article 23 refers to the part of Hong Kong's post-handover constitution, the Basic Law, that requires the territory to enact national security legislation. Michele Kelemen, NPR, 30 Mar. 2024 The challenge of finding workers is further complicated in rural and disenfranchised communities, with those who stand to gain the most from climate action often the least able to enact change. Jeff Sprau, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 That came after the United States ramped up restrictions on the types of semiconductors that American companies can sell to China and pressed its allies to enact their own. Laura He, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024 As a Latin American woman, Rivera sought to enact change in the beauty industry by connecting with her own Latinx roots to create the widely popular natural hair care brand: Ceremonia. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 28 Mar. 2024 Just weeks after Lawrence enacted a ban on single-use, disposable plastic bags, the Kansas Senate advanced a bill that would prohibit cities and counties from regulating the sale of single-use plastic containers. Jenna Barackman, Kansas City Star, 27 Mar. 2024 Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Machado questioned the legitimacy of an election where Maduro got to pick his own rivals, but said the regime is underestimating the will of the Venezuelan people to enact political change. Antonio Maria Delgado, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 The Comstock Act, enacted in 1873, bars the mailing of drugs that can be used to terminate pregnancies. Pam Belluck, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of enact was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Enact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enact. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

enact

verb
en·​act in-ˈakt How to pronounce enact (audio)
1
: to make (as a bill) into law
enact legislation
2
: to act out
enact a scene from a play
enactor noun

Legal Definition

enact

transitive verb
en·​act i-ˈnakt How to pronounce enact (audio)
: to establish by legal and authoritative act : make into law
enact a bill

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