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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.
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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Examples from the web for enacting
  • Understanding the patterns of the long migration is essential to enacting conservation measures to protect the geese.
  • All this makes the prospect of enacting the reforms the country badly needs extremely doubtful.
  • To make an informed decision, one must know the consequences of the enacting of a policy.
  • Publishers have already figured this out and enacting more copyright laws and complicated royalty hurdles.
  • The statute is in three parts: the preamble, the enacting clause, and a final admonitory paragraph.
  • enacting new financial transaction taxes or even more burdensome regulation will not be good for the economy in the short-run.
  • But the benefits of enacting fundamental reform are worthy of the effort.
  • It is precisely the difficulty of enacting legislation that the framers thought would be the principle protection for minorities.
  • They can dodge blame, since they've had little chance of enacting anything.
  • When it comes to enacting sound policies on what really matters, this will always be a losing strategy.
British Dictionary definitions for enacting


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 enacting



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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