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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enactor \ i-​ˈnak-​tər How to pronounce enact (audio) \ noun

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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 Republicans may pursue an initiative petition that would allow lawmakers to pass and enact the legislation without the support of the governor or the approval of voters through a ballot question. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 2021 Opal Lee, a 94-year-old Texas native, also has spent years advocating for Congress to enact legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 15 June 2021 This is infrastructure, the first major opportunity in decades for lawmakers to enact legislation on prescription drug costs or paid family leave. Lauren Fox, CNN, 4 June 2021 That path would require them to enact the legislation through reconciliation, the Senate procedure that allows the majority to circumvent a filibuster. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 All but a handful of the bills are essentially dead as lawmakers near the deadline to enact remaining legislation. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 California and Illinois became the first two states to enact similar legislation in 2018, and a number of school boards and universities have started providing the products for free. al, 29 Apr. 2021 But the poll also finds that about 4 in 10 Democrats and 2 in 3 independents favor a compromise settlement rather than having the president resist changes and enact his legislation without Republican support. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Apr. 2021 Its unions have been pushing for years to enact legislation that forces hospitals to make the workplace safer for them. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of enact

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Enact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enact. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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


transitive verb
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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