Definition of enact verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    enact

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnækt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enact
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnækt//
     
    he / she / it enacts
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnækts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnækts//
     
    past simple enacted
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnæktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnæktɪd//
     
    past participle enacted
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnæktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnæktɪd//
     
    -ing form enacting
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnæktɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnæktɪŋ//
     
    Producing a play
     
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  1. 1[often passive] enact something | it is enacted that… (law) to pass a law legislation enacted by parliament
  2. 2[often passive] enact something (formal) to perform a play or act a part in a play scenes from history enacted by local residents See related entries: Producing a play
  3. 3be enacted (formal) to take place synonym play out They seemed unaware of the drama being enacted a few feet away from them.
  4. 4enact something to put something into practice This involves identifying problems and enacting solutions.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English (formerly also as inact): from en-, in-, + act, suggested by medieval Latin inactare, inactitare.
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