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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Queen’s set at Live Aid — considered one of the greatest live performances of all time — is ably reenacted at the end of Bohemian Rhapsody (while the crowd is recreated less ably through noticeably bad CGI). Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bohemian Rhapsody reduces Freddie Mercury’s vibrant life to a perfunctory slog," 2 Nov. 2018 After reenacting the puppy’s method for eating its own feces, the actor explained his innovative technique for curbing the bulldog’s appetite. Mike Miller,, "Shia LaBeouf Says He's 'Not Extremely Well-Endowed' and Is 'Kind of Insecure' About His 'Junk'," 13 Apr. 2018 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

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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 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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