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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Events may not be staged, but they are certainly being arranged or enacted. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "At the MFA, two films on two very different masters: painter David Hockney and photographer Robert Frank," 29 Aug. 2019 True freshmen can play in as many as four games without losing a year of eligibility, according to NCAA rules enacted last year. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona looking for answers to 'critical errors' after loss to Hawaii," 28 Aug. 2019 Even in the face of technological and global pressures, enacting policies to ensure that increased competition benefits everyone represents the best opportunity for progress to be shared across the income distribution. Julie Heath, Cincinnati.com, "Region's Economy: The inequality conundrum," 27 Aug. 2019 The Netflix teen drama’s sophomore year wraps with Tyler Downs (Devin Druid) nearly enacting a mass shooting at that evening’s Spring Fling dance. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Timeline You Need To Understand 13 Reasons Why Season 3," 24 Aug. 2019 The war against Airbnb rages on, with cities across the globe enacting new restrictions all the time. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Wall Street is Losing Control of Tech IPOs—Data Sheet," 23 Aug. 2019 The odds are pretty even that the company can enact some kind of change. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How Blue Origin is trying to rework the rules of the Air Force’s coveted rocket competition," 13 Aug. 2019 Because the new tax law enacted that year doubled the standard deduction, far fewer taxpayers can reduce their tax liability by itemizing any longer. Alyssa A. Dirusso, The Conversation, "Budgeting for charity: A new way for the government to encourage giving," 30 July 2019 The implication then was that the wily operator could flatter and manipulate Trump while bullying the national security apparatus into enacting his hawkish agenda. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump axes Bolton, the hawk he brought to the White House," 11 Sep. 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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to make a temporary encampment

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