Meaning of “enact” in the English Dictionary

"enact" in British English

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uk /ɪˈnækt/ us /ɪˈnækt/

enact verb (MAKE LAW)

[ T often passive ] specialized law to put something into action, especially to make something law:

A package of economic sanctions is to be enacted against the country.

enact verb (PERFORM)

[ T ] formal to perform a story or play:

The stories are enacted using music, dance and mime.
noun [ C or U ] uk /ɪˈnækt.mənt/ us /ɪˈnækt.mənt/

(Definition of “enact” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"enact" in American English

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enactverb [ T ]

us /ɪˈnækt/

to make a law, or to make an idea into a law:

(Definition of “enact” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"enact" in Business English

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enactverb [ T ]

uk /ɪˈnækt/ us

LAW to make a law or a rule become official:


There must be consultation with employer and employee representatives before the enactment of new regulations.

(Definition of “enact” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)