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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Since the Vancouver tax was enacted in 2017, about half of the homes that had been held vacant reportedly have returned to the rental market. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Housing Commission considers tax on vacant homes," 14 June 2019 Members debated the issue, voted and the federal assault weapons ban was enacted. Chris Murphy, Time, "Our Republican Colleagues in the Senate Must Act to Break the Cycle of Gun Deaths," 14 June 2019 Since the law was enacted, however, data shows that medical exemptions from doctors in California have also increased. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Jessica Biel Is Lobbying Against California’s Vaccination Bill SB-276. Here’s Why She Wants Medical Exemptions for Vaccines," 13 June 2019 Rather than waiting until the TIF is enacted in four months, the city wants to disburse the loan immediately, and wanted to make sure the agreement stated that if the TIF is not established, Urban Equity still has to repay the loan to the city. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora amends agreement on Terminal Building redevelopment," 5 June 2019 Similar legislation was enacted in 2009 ensuring the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty were given the benefit of continued health insurance coverage. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bill would help cover insurance costs for families of fallen police officers," 5 June 2019 While none of these bills has been enacted—and all are likely to be blocked in the lower courts—they're indicative of a larger fight to control women's bodies and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade. Glamour, "Here’s How You Can Help Women in States With Extreme Abortion Bans Right Now," 15 May 2019 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

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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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