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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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  • For these officials, the task of carrying out the law may be as much of a challenge as getting it enacted.
  • The new legislation was enacted because phishing is a new crime.
  • It follows on the heels of new curricular innovations enacted this year.
  • Many laws have been enacted to protect workers and the environment, making it more costly and complex to start a business.
  • It is believed to be the first such state law enacted in this.
  • These include regulatory reforms that are often enacted by countries that aspire to membership, but have yet to be admitted.
  • Tough environmental restrictions have been enacted to cope with increasingly dangerous levels of air and water pollution.
  • It is unclear how much of the jobs proposal will get enacted given the acrimony between the two political parties.
  • They were enacted to prevent another great depression.
  • enacted a new budgetary framework that does not rely on aid for support.
British Dictionary definitions for enacted


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 enacted



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

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