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)