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enact

[en-akt] /ɛnˈækt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make into an act or statute:
Congress has enacted a new tax law.
2.
to represent on or as on the stage; act the part of:
to enact Hamlet.
Origin of enact
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
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  • Because it was reenacting the law of God; because slavery had already been prohibited by physical geography.

  • The rest stepped the tune to the singing of the Twa Sisters, reenacting the story of the old ballad as it moved along.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
British Dictionary definitions for reenacting

enact

/ɪnˈækt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make into an act or statute
2.
to establish by law; ordain or decree
3.
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 reenacting

enact

v.

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

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