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 States such as Michigan and New York have moved on their own to enact similar bans. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Hunt for Cause of Vaping Illness Suggests Multiple Mechanisms of Damage," 17 Sep. 2019 Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and presidency has been unusually vehement in opposition to the government’s power to enact regulations. Jennifer Mercieca, The Conversation, "Why won’t Democrats say they want government to solve problems?," 13 Sep. 2019 Mayor Bill de Blasio has given the plan a half-hearted endorsement but stopped short of enacting it. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 12 Sep. 2019 Work, after all, is a human endeavor, shaped by laws people choose to enact, business decisions people make, individual actions people choose to take, and values society shares. Maureen Conway, Quartz, "What kind of future of work will we choose for America’s working families?," 2 Sep. 2019 More than 50 of the 183 CITES members signed on as proponents of the proposal brought forth by Mexico—a record-breaking number of backers at any of the triennial meetings of CITES since it was enacted in 1973. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Mako sharks get new protections from trade," 25 Aug. 2019 The task force recommends policy decisions to the full City Council but does not enact them directly. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Fence planned for Newport Beach bus station as residents’ frustration about homelessness grows," 22 Aug. 2019 Hidalgo, however, has no power to enact ordinances. Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle, "TURNER GUNS," 21 Aug. 2019 Under California’s red flag law, enacted in 2014, a law enforcement official or immediate family member can ask a judge to issue a Gun Violence Restraining Order if a gun owner is feared to be a danger to himself or others. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: The California officials working to seize guns from wackos," 13 Aug. 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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