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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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Examples from the web for reenact
  • They reenact a simplified portion of the stock market in a computer.
  • If students need help with the concept of a timeline, have them reenact a familiar timeline.
  • If that could happen, then it would be possible to reenact it.
  • The actor is then forced to reenact his crime and give himself away.
  • The students enjoyed the reenactments and wanted to reenact their stories again after seeing the other group's reenactment.
British Dictionary definitions for reenact


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 reenact



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

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