re·​en·​act | \ˌrē-ə-ˈnakt \
reenacted; reenacting; reenacts

Definition of reenact 

transitive verb

1 : to enact (something, such as a law) again

2 : to act or perform again

3 : to repeat the actions of (an earlier event or incident)

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Other Words from reenact

reenactment \ˌrē-​ə-​ˈnak(t)-​mənt \ noun

Examples of reenact in a Sentence

The group reenacted a famous American Civil War battle.

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The oath-taking and pinning of the chief’s four stars were reenacted Thursday in front of about 600 spectators. Cindy Chang,, "LAPD veteran Michel Moore promises 'compassion and partnership' while sworn in as police chief," 29 June 2018 The rocker hired a stuntman to hilariously reenact his infamous 2015 fall. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Dave Grohl Pranks Swedish Fans With Fake Tumble Off Stage at Foo Fighters Show: Watch," 6 June 2018 The band rocked out, as kids frolicked and adult reenacted their favorite moves of hair bands from the 80s. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Summer Concert Rocks On," 11 July 2018 On July Fourth at Adams National Park, visitors are invited to become delegates to the Continental Congress, representing one of the 13 colonies and reenacting the passage of the Declaration of Independence., "Reenacting passage of the Declaration of Independence, a grand pet parade, and young actors hit the stage," 28 June 2018 Astute fans will remember the clip from July 2016, when Witherspoon celebrated the 15th anniversary of Legally Blonde by trying on Elle’s original costumes and reenacting the movie’s most iconic scenes. Dave Quinn,, "Reese Witherspoon Celebrates Legally Blonde 3 News — in Elle Woods' Iconic Pink Bikini!," 7 June 2018 Think about the Southern Strategy of the Republican Party as fomented by Nixon, carried on by Reagan, and now reenacted with President Donald Trump. Mitch Landrieu, Time, "New Orleans Mayor: America Is Stuck 'In a Mentality Where They Could Lynch You'," 19 Mar. 2018 In the photos, the family is seen reenacting a scene from a Batman movie, where Mike, dressed as Batman, and the couple's son, Finn, dressed as sidekick Robin, are rescuing Roxanne, who is tied to train tracks. Christina Oehler, Woman's Day, "Family's Creative Father's Day Photo Shoot Results in Horrible Threats," 15 June 2015 The Prior Policies have been removed with no reasonable basis to believe that GGC will reenact them. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Judge dismisses campus speech lawsuit against Georgia college," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of reenact

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of reenact

: to repeat the actions of (an event)


re·​en·​act | \ˌrē-ə-ˈnakt \
reenacted; reenacting

Kids Definition of reenact

: to repeat the actions of (an earlier event) The group reenacted the battle.

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