reenact

verb
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 reenactment (audio) \ noun

Examples of reenact in a Sentence

The group reenacted a famous American Civil War battle.

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Trailing tourists in varying states of cosplay snap photos and film themselves reenacting scenes. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 By reenacting vaping behavior in the lab, those of us who study design and behavior can better understand the nature of the constituents being consumed. Risa Robinson, CNN, "The way you vape could make it even more dangerous," 16 Sep. 2019 Engineering tools can advance the regulatory process By reenacting vaping behavior in the lab, those of us who study design and behavior can better understand the nature of the constituents being consumed. Risa Robinson, The Conversation, "How a person vapes, not just what a person vapes, could also play a big role in vaping harm," 13 Sep. 2019 The Golden Peacock Dancers from Thailand and Los Angeles reenact a tale about the reincarnation of Buddha in this Mantra Siam presentation that mixes ballet, modern dance and jazz with traditional Thai dance. Los Angeles Times, "Heidi Duckler Dance’s ‘Stay Awake,’ Mantra Siam and more dance to see this week in L.A.," 18 Aug. 2019 That meant heading to television and finding the right actors to reenact the influential group’s rise and rap as them. Washington Post, "In new Hulu series, RZA dives deep into the Wu-Tang ‘Saga’," 30 Aug. 2019 The event is reenacted four times a day at Saloon No. Patricia Harris, BostonGlobe.com, "Thundering out of an iconic American past: The Buffalo Roundup in South Dakota’s Custer State Park," 20 Aug. 2019 Cannon fire rang out near the Huntington Beach Central Library Saturday as history buffs gathered to reenact the Civil War. Daily Pilot, "Civil War reenactors bring history to life in Huntington Beach," 31 Aug. 2019 In the police interview, Drejka got down on the ground to reenact the moments of the fatal shooting. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Jury deliberations in 'Stand Your Ground' trial to begin later Friday," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of reenact

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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reenact

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reenact

: to repeat the actions of (an event)

reenact

verb
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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