en·​ter | \ˈen-tər \
entered; entering\ˈen-​t(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of enter 

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intransitive verb

1 : to go or come in

2 : to come or gain admission into a group : join often used with into

3a : to make a beginning entering upon a career

b : to begin to consider a subject usually used with into or upon

4 : to go upon land for the purpose of taking possession

5a : to come onstage usually used in the subjunctive as a stage direction enter Hamlet reading

b : to come into a preestablished situation or context like an actor coming onstage usually used in the subjunctive enter the new principal with her radical ideas

6 : to play a part : be a factor other considerations enter when money is involved

transitive verb

1 : to come or go into enter a room

2 : inscribe, register enter the names of qualified voters

3 : to cause to be received or admitted enter a child at a school

4 : to put in : insert enter the new data into the computer

5a : to make a beginning in enter politics

b : to go into (a particular period of time) enter middle age

6 : to become a member of or an active participant in enter the university enter a race

7 : to make report of (a ship or its cargo) to customs authorities

8 : to place in proper form before a court of law or upon record enter a writ

9 : to go into or upon and take actual possession of (something, such as land)

10 : to put formally on record entering a complaint

enter into

1 : to make oneself a party to or in enter into an agreement

2 : to form or be part of your prejudices shouldn't enter into it

3 : to participate or share in enter into the spirit of the occasion

enter the lists

: to engage in a fight or struggle

variants: or entero-

Definition of enter- (Entry 2 of 2)

: intestine enteritis

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enterable \ˈen-​t(ə-​)rə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for enter

Synonyms: Verb

access, penetrate, pierce

Antonyms: Verb

depart, exit, leave

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enter, penetrate, pierce, probe mean to make way into something. enter is the most general of these and may imply either going in or forcing a way in. entered the city in triumph penetrate carries a strong implication of an impelling force or compelling power that achieves entrance. the enemy penetrated the fortress pierce means an entering or cutting through with a sharp pointed instrument. pierced the boil with a lancet probe implies penetration to investigate or explore something hidden from sight or knowledge. probed the depths of the sea

Examples of enter in a Sentence


Knock on the door before you enter the room. The medication will quickly enter the blood stream. The river enters the sea near here. Our son will be entering college next year. enter a child in kindergarten The new battleship is scheduled to enter service next spring. an actor who's just now entering his prime The strike has now entered its second week. We've entered a new phase in our relationship. The country is entering a period of prosperity.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

George Prescott Bush, 42, has officially entered the political arena. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meet the 14 People Who Called George H.W. Bush Grandfather," 6 Dec. 2018 The micro-bunches enter line abreast and exit line astern. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Single-beam laser becomes multi-beam laser by kicking electrons," 5 Dec. 2018 To find the closest Title X clinic to you, enter your zip code at the website for the Office of Population Affairs. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "How to Get Birth Control and STI Testing If You’re on Your Parent’s Insurance," 5 Dec. 2018 Months later, the war would end and George entered Yale University. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "George H.W. Bush Has Died at Age 94," 1 Dec. 2018 That left backup Corn Elder, who had just 117 snaps entering the game, teaming with struggling James Bradberry as the starters and Captain Munnerlyn as a backup. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "The Final Word: Bob Condotta reviews what went right in the Seahawks’ big win over the Panthers," 27 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, after going 13-3 a year ago en route to their Super Bowl win, the Eagles are 4-6 entering Sunday’s game against the 3-7 Giants. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Dallas Cowboys Emerge in the Middling NFC East," 23 Nov. 2018 To be sure, Khan is entering a crowded industry with a lot of competition. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Snap’s former No. 2 exec Imran Khan is building an online shopping startup," 12 Nov. 2018 Doctors and nurses enter patient information, including age, length of stay and admission date, into the software, and an animated map shows where patients are coming from and when. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of enter


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for enter


Middle English entren, from Anglo-French entrer, from Latin intrare, from intra within; akin to Latin inter between — more at inter-

Combining form

Greek, from enteron — more at inter-

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English Language Learners Definition of enter

: to go or come into (something)

: to begin to be in (an organization, school, etc.)

: to cause (someone) to be in an organization, school, etc.


en·​ter | \ˈen-tər \
entered; entering

Kids Definition of enter

1 : to come or go in or into enter a room enter middle age

2 : to stab into : pierce The thorn entered my thumb.

3 : to put into a list or book : write down The teacher entered my name on the roster.

4 : to put in or into Enter the data into the computer.

5 : to become a member of I entered a fitness club.

6 : to become a participant in or take an interest in enter a race enter politics

7 : enroll in : begin attending enter kindergarten


Legal Definition of enter 

: to go or come in specifically : to go upon real property by right of entry especially to take possession lessor shall have the right to enter and take possession often used in deeds and leases

transitive verb

1 : to come or go into he breaks into and enters a vehicleCode of Alabama — see also break, breaking and entering

3 : to put in correct form before a court or on a record entered judgment against the defendant entering a plea — compare render

4 : to go upon (real property) by right of entry especially to take possession if the lessee defaults, the lessor may enter the premises — compare distrain

enter into

: to make oneself a party to or in no State shall enter into any treaty, alliance or confederationU.S. Constitution art. I

Other Words from enter

enterable adjective

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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