re·​en·​act | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈnakt How to pronounce reenact (audio) \
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 How to pronounce reenact (audio) \ noun

Examples of reenact in a Sentence

The group reenacted a famous American Civil War battle.
Recent Examples on the Web Ron DeSantis appears to really want to reenact the entire George Wallace history. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Liberal Media Scream: DeSantis must be top dog the way media bark at him," 26 Apr. 2021 Baldwin used the isolation of the village as a theater in which to reenact the meeting of the Black and white races on the North American continent, with all the wonder, fear, and trauma that entails. Aatish Taseer, Travel + Leisure, "From James Baldwin to V. S. Naipaul, the Greatest Travel Writers Have Always Brought Multiple Perspectives," 27 Mar. 2021 Biden called on the Senate to pass two background-check bills already approved by the House and for Congress to reenact an assault-weapons ban. Washington Post, "‘Nothing can fill the void ’: Boulder reels from mass shooting as suspect is charged," 24 Mar. 2021 The groups gather in open fields at parks or schools and reenact battle scenes while wearing colorful costumes and holding foam-padded swords and shields. Washington Post, "A pipe bomb 'mutilated’ a man. A love triangle among ‘live action role players’ was allegedly the motive.," 12 Mar. 2021 Galaxy’s Edge, where guests enter a lightly ongoing story to reenact one of America’s most popular modern myths. Los Angeles Times, "The tech behind ‘Fortnite’ and ‘The Mandalorian’ is now driving ... Shakespeare?," 4 Mar. 2021 The other S’mores cookie, which has two graham cookies on either side of filling, at least attempts to reenact a s’more. Los Angeles Times, "The official Girl Scout cookie power rankings," 24 Feb. 2021 The violence of sport allows for society, particularly men, to continually enact and reenact the process of achieving heroic status, and traumatic injuries allow for a kind of seriousness. Devin, Longreads, "Repetitive Stress," 2 Feb. 2021 To some small extent, the creative class has recently begun to reenact this history. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "The Artist Isn’t Dead," 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of reenact

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reenact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reenact

: to repeat the actions of (an event)


re·​en·​act | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈnakt How to pronounce reenact (audio) \
reenacted; reenacting

Kids Definition of reenact

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

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