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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make into law.
  • transitive verb To act (something) out, as on a stage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An enactment; an act.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Purpose; determination.
  • transitive verb 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 verb obsolete To act; to perform; to do; to effect.
  • transitive verb To act the part of; to represent; to play.
  • transitive verb that clause of a bill which formally expresses the legislative sanction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, law to make (a bill) into law
  • verb transitive to act the part of; to play
  • verb transitive to do; to effect
  • noun obsolete purpose; determination

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

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

Etymologies

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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")

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