You often hear that Congress is going to enact a new statute, which means that they will make it into a law. But enact also means to perform, like in a play. (Makes you wonder if the lawmakers are actors!)

Inside the word enact is that little word act, meaning “to do.” That makes sense, because when you enact something, you make it happen. And of course, we know that to act also means to perform, and so enact means “to act out,” like on stage. Now that the new rules have been enacted, you'll have to stop wearing your gorilla suit to work. Even after Labor Day.

Definitions of enact

v order by virtue of superior authority; decree

“the legislature enacted this law in 1985”
enact again
legislate, pass
make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation
Type of:
issue a decree

v act out; represent or perform as if in a play

act out, reenact
Type of:
act, play, represent
play a role or part

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