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[en-akt]
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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.
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Origin of enact

First recorded in 1375–1425, enact is from the late Middle English word enacten. See en-1, act
Related formsen·act·a·ble, adjectiveen·ac·tor, nounpre·en·act, verb (used with object)re·en·act, verb (used with object)un·en·act·ed, adjectivewell-en·act·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for enact

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Historical Examples

  • 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?

  • 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

enact

verb (tr)
  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
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Derived Formsenactable, adjectiveenactive or enactory, adjectiveenactment or enaction, nounenactor, noun
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Word Origin and History for enact

v.

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

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