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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make into law: Congress enacted a tax reform bill.
  • transitive v. To act (something) out, as on a stage: enacted the part of the parent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to make (a bill) into law
  • v. to act the part of; to play
  • v. to do; to effect
  • n. purpose; determination

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To decree; to establish by legal and authoritative act; to make into a law; especially, to perform the legislative act with reference to (a bill) which gives it the validity of law.
  • transitive v. To act; to perform; to do; to effect.
  • transitive v. To act the part of; to represent; to play.
  • n. Purpose; determination.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To decree; establish by the will of the supreme power; pass into a statute or established law; specifically, to perform the last act of a legislature to, as a bill, giving it validity as a law; give sanction to, as a bill.
  • To act; perform; effect.
  • To act the part of; represent on or as on the stage.
  • n. An enactment; an act.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. order by virtue of superior authority; decree
  • v. act out; represent or perform as if in a play


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") (Wiktionary)



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