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From Middle English enacten, from en-, from Old French en- (to cause to be), from Latin in- (in) and Old French acte (perform, do), from Latin actum, past participle of ago (set in motion).


  • IPA(key): /ɪˈnækt/
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  • Rhymes: -ækt


enact (third-person singular simple present enacts, present participle enacting, simple past and past participle enacted)

  1. (transitive, law) To make (a bill) into law.
    • 2023 December 27, Mel Holley, “Network News: Minimum Service Levels legislation comes into force”, in RAIL, number 999, page 14:
      The practical effect of the Government's new anti-strike bill on the rail disputes in Great Britain is awaited, after the legislation was enacted.
  2. (transitive) To act the part of; to play.
  3. (transitive) To do; to effect.

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