enact

verb
en·​act | \ i-ˈnakt \
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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for enact

Synonyms

constitute, lay down, legislate, make, ordain, pass

Antonyms

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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The bill is quite modest compared with the anti-BDS measures enacted in 26 states in recent years, which the ACLU is also challenging. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "For the ACLU, Antipathy to Israel Trumps Antidiscrimination," 11 Feb. 2019 The economy, fueled in part by tax cuts enacted in December, expanded in the April-June quarter at a 4.2 percent annual pace, the best in nearly four years. Marcy Gordon, The Seattle Times, "US factories grew at slower pace in September," 1 Oct. 2018 Troops from the Warsaw Pact, a military alliance formed in 1955 between the Soviet Union and seven Eastern European nations, invaded Czechoslovakia on Aug. 20, 1968 to crush liberal reforms enacted in the brief era known as the Prague Spring. Karel Janicek, Fox News, "Czechs boo prime minister 50 years after Soviet-led invasion," 21 Aug. 2018 New privacy regulations from the FCC enacted in 2016 would have imposed greater restrictions on Internet providers and their handling of customer data. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Verizon, AT&T will suspend sales of customer location data, after a prison phone company was caught misusing it," 20 June 2018 Congress enacted the Ryan White CARE Act in 1990 in his honor to fund treatment for income-eligible people living with HIV/AIDS. Faith Pinho, Indianapolis Star, "Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana expands service to people with HIV or AIDS," 12 June 2018 Getting their priorities enacted is more important to politicians than telling the truth about them. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Politicians Never Lied Before Trump," 11 Jan. 2019 The United States has long remained largely silent on the war, even when Saudi Arabia enacted a blockade on its borders with Yemen last November. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "85,000 children have starved to death during the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, charity reports," 21 Nov. 2018 For Trump to now destroy a law first enacted at the request of Ronald Reagan five decades ago is a betrayal and an assault on the health of Americans everywhere. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Fuel economy standards kill people, Trump administration claims," 2 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of enact

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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enact

verb

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

enact

verb
en·​act | \ i-ˈnakt \
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 \

Legal Definition of enact

: to establish by legal and authoritative act : make into law enact a bill

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