View synonyms for enact


[ en-akt ]

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.


/ ɪnˈækt /


  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 Forms

  • enˈactable, adjective
  • enˈactor, noun
  • enˈactive, adjective
  • enˈactment, noun

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Other Words From

  • en·acta·ble adjective
  • en·actor noun
  • preen·act verb (used with object)
  • reen·act verb (used with object)
  • unen·acted adjective
  • well-en·acted adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of enact1

First recorded in 1375–1425, enact is from the late Middle English word enacten. See en- 1, act

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Example Sentences

Nearly 100 have been enacted, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

There are several options we can explore to increase the homeownership rate and reduce racial and generational inequality, from loosening credit standards to enacting zoning reform and expanding financial education.

From Vox

Lawmakers were forced to reckon with enacting unpopular tax increases or even less popular cuts to government programs.

Arguably the most famous — and most maligned and misunderstood — media policy ever enacted in the United States, its long, strange history is generally not well known.

He continues to email everyone he can think of to enact such a policy, but he is relieved, at least, that he can use the internet to access his health provider’s web portal.

Only school administrators have the power to enact censorship, after all.

In other words, companies will still be allowed to enact their drug-testing policies.

And they did so with a clear policy agenda, advocating for the needs of an affected community and trying to enact change.

Rather, she aspires to enact positive social change through tech.

We even tried to enact campaign finance reform by executive agency action.

For how could one legislative body command what another legislative body should enact?

I yearn for one now, but will not endeavour to procure one, I wish to be a father, yet refuse to be a husband or enact his part.'

The next afternoon he began to enact the subtle plans he had formed regarding Kathlyn.

I move that Congress be urged to enact a law adopting that phrase as the only legal form of proposal.

His government felt strong enough to enact new measures for the restriction of the liberty of the press.





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