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 enactor (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 Since early March, the Navajo Nation has enacted some of the strictest policies in the state, including nightly and weekend-long curfews. Maritza Dominguez, azcentral, "Podcast: How COVID-19 is upending life on the Navajo Nation," 20 May 2020 Michigan is among many states that have enacted stay-home orders and imposed an array of restrictions on salons, bars and restaurants. CBS News, "Dallas salon owner who was jailed over coronavirus rules travels to Michigan to support defiant barber," 19 May 2020 Legislation enacted in 2017 allowed the BND to collect and assess communications from foreigners outside of Germany without needing to provide legal justification. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "German court limits spy agency’s overseas surveillance," 19 May 2020 The tax overhaul, enacted in late 2017, sent corporate profits booming and set off a bonanza of share buybacks. Matt Egan, CNN, "This is the most expensive time to buy stocks in 20 years," 12 May 2020 A few hundred demonstrators gathered at the Michigan Capitol, calling for an end to the state of emergency order enacted in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: Trump to leave White House for first time in a month; Los Angeles vendors rally on May 1; airlines require masks," 1 May 2020 Some rural states that have not enacted widespread lockdown orders are seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases. NBC News, "NYPD to wear black bands as death toll climbs," 21 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, the Trump Administration is going soft on tariffs, postponing by 90 days select duties and taxes U.S. businesses would have had to pay under some of the tougher trade war measures enacted in recent months. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Oil plunges again even as economies reopen for business," 20 Apr. 2020 Chlorofluorocarbons were banned completely by the Montreal Protocol, enacted in 1987 after scientists disturbingly found a hole in the ozone over Antarctica and Australia in 1985. Fox News, "NASA says ozone depletion above Arctic hits 'record low'," 19 Apr. 2020

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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 27 May. 2020.

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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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