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[en-akt] /ɛnˈækt/
verb (used with object)
to make into an act or statute:
Congress has enacted a new tax law.
to represent on or as on the stage; act the part of:
to enact Hamlet.
Origin of enact
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425, enact is from the late Middle English word enacten. See en-1, act
Related forms
enactable, adjective
enactor, noun
preenact, verb (used with object)
reenact, verb (used with object)
unenacted, adjective
well-enacted, adjective Unabridged
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  • Americans are called to enact this promise in our lives and in our laws.

  • enact on the hypothesis that it is right to do what is good?

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • Was it that he was more likely to enact the vengeance she thirsted for than the old Baronet?

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • No one would have the United States play the role of a bully, or enact the demagogue.

    The Arena Various
  • It was an amusing rehearsal of what you will begin to enact in reality some of these days.

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
British Dictionary definitions for enact


verb (transitive)
to make into an act or statute
to establish by law; ordain or decree
to represent or perform in or as if in a play; to act out
Derived Forms
enactable, adjective
enactive, enactory, adjective
enactment, enaction, noun
enactor, noun
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Word Origin and History for enact

early 15c., from en- (1) "make, put in" + act. Related: Enacted; enacting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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