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)

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.
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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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