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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Over the years, the country’s central government has enacted various laws that are applicable to the Western Ghats: the Environment Protection Act 1986, the Forest Conservation Act 1980, the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2002 and so on. Gayathri D Naik, Quartz India, "India, leave those forests on the mountains alone, lest you want to drown," 13 Sep. 2019 Almost as striking as the list of 145 American CEOs who signed a letter Thursday calling on Congress to enact tougher gun laws was the — much longer — list of those who did not. NBC News, "145 businesses signed the gun control letter — but many more didn't," 12 Sep. 2019 The Canadian author noted as her new novel was published with a ferocious blast of publicity Tuesday that several U.S. states recently enacted laws to limit women's reproductive rights. cleveland.com, "New Atwood novel ‘The Testaments’ revisits dystopian world," 11 Sep. 2019 This week, Arkansas, Texas and Vermont joined nine other states in enacting laws that raises the legal age to buy any tobacco product including e-cigarettes to 21. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Michigan has just become the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes," 4 Sep. 2019 After diamonds were found in 1967 in Botswana the government enacted laws to share the proceeds and spend them on infrastructure and education. The Economist, "The battle of Botswana’s big men," 29 Aug. 2019 Following the vote, The Enquirer reported that Cincinnati joined more than 50 communities in a dozen states that have ended prosecution or enacted municipal laws decriminalizing minor marijuana violations. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Which marijuana cases will be prosecuted? We get into the weed on new Louisville policy," 28 Aug. 2019 After the complaints, the MDC reduced the surcharge and the state legislature, which created the regional water and sewer authority and controls its operations by statute, enacted a law to limit surcharges on nonmembers. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Judge allows MDC water customers in East Granby, Farmington, Glastonbury and South Windsor to sue as a class in surcharge case," 14 Aug. 2019 In Ohio, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine proposed expanding background checks for gun purchases and enacting a red-flag law that would allow people's firearms to be taken away with a court order if they were shown to be a danger. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Republicans show no signs of tackling gun violence after massacres in Texas and Ohio," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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