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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
1375-1425; late Middle English 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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  • In order to prevent employees from behaving badly, he recently noted, companies enact increasingly elaborate codes of conduct.
  • The nation's leaders need to develop and enact a plan to put the budget on a sound path.
  • Some give branches too much leeway, failing to enact the proper controls.
  • Government had good reason to enact the ban at the time.
  • Leaders of both parties also seem to agree that the reaching of the limit is a useful occasion to enact budget cuts.
  • It is up to each country whether they will enact any of these recommendations.
  • There's a lot of logic to that, and it's a fine reason to enact such a policy.
  • So far, the only politicians to weigh in with detailed plans are people who cannot enact them this year: presidential candidates.
  • We need to acknowledge these differences and enact cycle-proof regulation.
  • That's why it takes only a few fraudulent orders for those companies to enact tough measures.
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.

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