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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Other Words from enact

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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His jump Wednesday came as part of a group of about 200 parachutists re-enacting the D-Day drops into Carentan. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "97-year-old Coronado D-Day vet jumps again in France," 5 June 2019 Lawmakers have raised the possibility of enacting casino legislation in a special session this summer planned to consider a return of highway tolls to Connecticut. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Last-minute struggle over Bridgeport casino flares up on legislature’s final day," 5 June 2019 San Antonio officials are on the cusp of enacting a plan that could drastically reshape development in areas near downtown and along Broadway within the next two decades. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "City Council could vote to drastically reshape areas near downtown San Antonio," 4 June 2019 Throughout the series, there has always been a twinning between the real and supernatural worlds, with the same themes—power, loyalty, duty, politics, family—enacted on both tiers. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, "Even Classicists Hated the Game of Thrones Finale," 20 May 2019 Both Lake and Seminole counties recently enacted similar ordinances restricting pet-shop sales of dogs and cats. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange County to discuss doggie dining, restricting pet sales," 1 June 2018 Supporters say the measure , which if enacted may be the first of its breadth, would knock down a barrier that blocks people from jobs because of private behavior, not professional ability. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "NYC may ban pre-hire marijuana tests for many job applicants," 12 Apr. 2019 Teasing out how that effect enacts itself in the body is trickier. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "Everything You Should Know Before Taking Fish Oil Supplements," 21 Aug. 2018 The measure would require that any future gas-tax or vehicle-fee hikes go before voters, with a majority needed to enact them. Melody Gutierrez, SFChronicle.com, "Gas taxes, cage-free chickens and a chopped-up California top fall ballot," 3 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

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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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