enter

verb
en·​ter | \ ˈen-tər How to pronounce enter (audio) \
entered; entering\ ˈen-​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce entering (audio) \

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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Other Words from enter

Verb

enterable \ ˈen-​t(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce enterable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for enter

Synonyms: Verb

access, penetrate, pierce

Antonyms: Verb

depart, exit, leave

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Verb

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

Verb

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

In fact, the Iron Man Kona is only the latest product from the Korean automaker to enter into the comic-book universe; the new Veloster hatchback was featured in the 2018 film Ant-Man and the Wasp, starring master thespian Paul Rudd. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "With the 2019 Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition, MCU Means Marvel Car Universe," 10 May 2019 Here's a list of what the giveaway includes: The giveaway runs throughout the month of May and there's several ways to enter for even more (free) chances to win the top prize. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Enter This Free Adventure Giveaway For a Chance To Win $2,000 Worth of Outdoor Gear," 1 May 2019 Twenty-seven is still young in reproductive terms—fertility doesn’t begin to enter the danger zone until your mid-30s—but many women, especially in big cities, are pushing the limits, getting closer and closer to the reproductive fringes. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Women Are Waiting Longer than Ever to Get Pregnant—Do You Have A Plan for Your Fertility?," 22 Apr. 2019 The 2018 Farm Bill created some wiggle room for CBD products to enter into the legal market. Amber Senter, Marie Claire, "We Have to Acknowledge That CBD Use Is a Privilege," 11 Apr. 2019 Huffman is scheduled to appear in Boston on May 21 to enter her plea. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Test taker pleads guilty in college admissions bribery scam," 13 Apr. 2019 The whole experience feels like entering a museum of the future, with great curving walls (continuing the desert rose theme established by the exterior) alive with dynamic video installation. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Spends a Week in Qatar and Is Dazzled by Doha," 2 Apr. 2019 The movie, which follows a recent divorcee who enters a dance contest to save her dance studio, premieres on March 15. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Meet 'Fuller House' Star Candace Cameron Bure's Husband and Three Kids," 17 Mar. 2019 According to the standards set by the U.S. military and NASA, the crew of three becomes the 569th to 571st people to enter space, with Moses also becoming the first woman to do so on a commercial spaceflight. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin Galactic Reaches the Edge of Space—This Time With a Passenger in Tow," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of enter

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3a

History and Etymology for enter

Verb

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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enter

verb

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.

enter

verb
en·​ter | \ ˈen-tər How to pronounce enter (audio) \
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
en·​ter

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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