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)

Keep scrolling for more

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The very first celebration of the cherry blossom planting was in 1927, when school children from the D.C. area reenacted the first planting. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Cherry Blossoms Became the Most Celebrated Event of the Spring," 2 Apr. 2019 Today, some Christian churches reenact the parade, while others incorporate palms or other branches in the mass or service. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Palm Sunday? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 4 Mar. 2019 By stitching together interviews with locals, quiet shots of the town and the stunning landscape that surrounds it, and footage of Bisbee’s preparations to reenact what happened, the film gently blows the dust of accumulated history off the past. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Forensic lip readers provided a transcript, which was then reenacted by British actors, who, in order to get the accents right, were from the same regions as the soldiers would have been. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "This World War I Footage Was Smoothed and Colorized. And It’s Amazing.," 17 Dec. 2018 Ieshia Evans reenacts her inspiring moment of resistance at a Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge—and Tamika D. Mallory looks into the future of social change. Zoey Grossman; Fashion Editor: Cassie Anderson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Uzo Aduba, Katie Holmes & Ieshia Evans Reenact Iconic Images of Social Change," 20 Nov. 2018 When asked of the history-making nature of the wedding, John referenced Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend's relationship, which was beautifully reenacted on Netflix's The Crown. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "How Elton John Felt at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding," 25 July 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reenact.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of reenact

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about reenact

Dictionary Entries near reenact








Statistics for reenact

Last Updated

20 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for reenact

The first known use of reenact was in 1613

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for reenact



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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on reenact

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with reenact

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for reenact

Spanish Central: Translation of reenact

Nglish: Translation of reenact for Spanish Speakers

Comments on reenact

What made you want to look up reenact? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


likely to have or produce good results

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!