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re-enact Line breaks: re-enact

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
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  • 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.
  • The clocks were turned back exactly 150 years in historic Haworth to re-enact the wedding of one of Britain's favourite classical authors.
  • 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.
2Bring (a law) into effect again when the original statute has been repealed or has expired: section 3 of the Act re-enacted the form of strict liability formerly found in the Dogs Act
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  • 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.
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌriːɪˈnaktm(ə)nt/
Example sentences
  • The museum's curator of military history Keith Matthews said: ‘The Sealed Knot re-enactments have proved to be a huge success at York Castle Museum in the past.’
  • In an earlier film, Close-up (which Mac Cinema screened last semester), Kiarostami staged re-enactments of events with all the real-life participants playing themselves.
  • A considerable amount of work had gone into making the experience authentic, and there were several who were dressed in the clothes of the forties, and who were involved in re-enactments to add to the occasion.


Example sentences
  • The public appreciate the added value of seeing re-enactors and the opportunity to compare their equipment with genuine items on display.
  • Tudor re-enactors will perform a masque with singing, dancing, music and storytelling in the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, in Greenwich, at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Over 650 re-enactors dressed in authentic costume, as well as military vehicles and equipment from the era, will colour the whole line through Pickering, Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont.

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