Definition of re-enact in English:



[with object]
  • 1Act out (a past event)

    ‘bombers were gathered together to re-enact the historic first air attack’
    • ‘He returned to the site of the Feb.28 incident the next day in order to re-enact the events.’
    • ‘Today's Dresden Stollen Festival, which has been celebrated every year since 1994, re-enacts the historical event of the giant stollen, with a 3,500 kilogram cake shown at the Dresden Zwinger.’
    • ‘A Gordon Bennettt Company has been set up with the idea of re-enacting the famous race with the cars of that era, while using the original race circuit as a hook to market the greater area.’
    • ‘Years later, at the 2000 Vancouver International Film Festival, I sat with many of the same people to see the premiere of Scorn, which re-enacts the events surrounding the murders.’
    • ‘Celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first powered flight were marred today when an attempt to re-enact the event did not go according to plan.’
    • ‘Every year they re-enact the death of the legendary vampire Zorbeskel, who plagued the cobblestoned streets of vieux Lyon back in the days when it was Nouveau Lyon.’
    • ‘Numerous small theatres throughout Salem re-enact episodes from the witch trial hysteria while waxwork displays in creepy dungeons capture the key moments.’
    • ‘The clocks were turned back exactly 150 years in historic Haworth to re-enact the wedding of one of Britain's favourite classical authors.’
    • ‘A pageant is held at the nearest weekend, together with a fête and associated events, and the wedding is re-enacted by children.’
    • ‘We have to re-enact the event the way it happened.’
    • ‘Its roots lie in ‘living history’, that hobby indulged in by thousands who dress up as Roundheads, Cavaliers and all the rest to re-enact bloody episodes from our history.’
    • ‘We were going to say something funny and trenchant, but we were re-enacting an Irish funeral service at the pub last night, and so are in no shape to respond.’
    • ‘In Limbo, a marooned family on an island discover the diaries of those stranded there a hundred years before and start to think of themselves as re-enacting their experience.’
    • ‘They playfully re-enact events and change details to match personal needs and desires.’
    • ‘A lesser film would have merely re-enacted the events of Goya's life and shown you his art; Saura manages to portray their intersection.’
    • ‘Dr Dahiya along with scientific officer MN Joshi, re-enacted the incident with a railway coach at the same spot where the crime took place.’
    • ‘The Who singer Roger Daltrey presents ‘Extreme History’ on US TV, re-enacting episodes from the American Civil War in full costume’
    • ‘As a new film re-enacts these bizarre events, John Harris reveals how he became obsessed by this Harvard student with country music in his blood’
    • ‘Noren implies that, on both the familial and political level, we are doomed to re-enact the past.’
    • ‘When a local television crew came to the home to refilm the incident, the toddler somehow managed to re-enact the accident with unerring accuracy.’
    recreate, build up a impression of, build up a picture of, form a impression of, form a picture of, piece together, build up
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  • 2Bring (a law) into effect again when the original statute has been repealed or has expired.

    ‘section 3 of the Act re-enacted the form of strict liability formerly found in the Dogs Act’
    • ‘Some legal experts believe that South Africa currently has no electoral law, since it expired after the last election, and that new legislation would first have to be adopted, or Parliament would have to re-enact the original law.’
    • ‘The relevant provisions in the 1970 Act were re-enacted in substantially similar terms in Part II of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.’
    • ‘The provisions as to exempt supply were re-enacted as section 31 of, and schedule 9 to, the Value Added Act 1994.’
    • ‘There is now a piece of legislation which re-enacts, substantially, the relevant provisions of the Customs Act.’
    • ‘Clause 37 re-enacts law that has been in place and worked well since 1977, and makes no change to the existing law.’
    • ‘Part III of the Act re-enacted the provisions which had been contained in the 1977 Act in relation to the duties owed to the homeless.’
    • ‘This was formally recognised in 1986, when the racial hatred offences were re-enacted, and expanded, within the framework of the Public Order Act.’
    • ‘Section 43 was re-enacted in materially the same form in section 56 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.’
    • ‘Some basic laws, such as the Queensland criminal code and mining laws, were re-enacted in Port Moresby.’
    • ‘Then there was a further enactment subsequently that re-enacted that provision.’
    • ‘Long ago, Sir Owen Dixon pointed out that it is quite artificial to think that Parliament in re-enacting legislation is giving it the same meaning that courts had attributed to it in earlier cases.’
    • ‘If one simply re-enacts the current law it will have no effect at all on the Court of Appeal decision.’
    • ‘We were told that although the legislation with which these proceedings are concerned had been repealed, it had been re-enacted in an identical form.’
    • ‘Georgia relied, in part, on the fact that, in the years after the Furman decision, numerous state legislatures had re-enacted death penalty statutes.’
    • ‘Our people's Parliament, in the Criminal Code Act and Crimes Act, have re-enacted those words into law.’
    • ‘Section 19 of the Local Government Finance Act 1982 re-enacts section 16 of the Local Government Act 1972.’
    • ‘Hooper and other prominent Protestants were held in custody until the heresy laws could be re-enacted.’
    • ‘The wording of the subsection was virtually identical to the comparable wording in the 1875 Act and by re-enacting the old wording Parliament is presumed to have affirmed the decision in Parlby.’
    • ‘Further, many significant English statutes affecting private law were re-enacted here, producing local uniformity and access to a body of valuable English decisions construing those statutes.’
    • ‘The Emergency Provisions Act of 1973, which introduced these courts, also repealed the Special Powers Act while re-enacting many of its provisions.’