[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. en-,
  2. enable,
  3. enabler,
  4. enabling,
  5. enabling act,
  6. enactive,
  7. enactment,
  8. enactory,
  9. enalapril,
  10. enalapril maleate

Origin of enact

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

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British Dictionary definitions for reenact


/ (ɪnˈækt) /

verb (tr)

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 Formsenactable, adjectiveenactive or enactory, adjectiveenactment or enaction, nounenactor, noun

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Word Origin and History for reenact



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

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