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 directionenter Hamlet reading
b : to come into a preestablished situation or context like an actor coming onstage usually used in the subjunctiveenter 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

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Did a battery of Cleveland police officers fire dozens of pepper spray pellets at a Cleveland man who was simply trying to enter his apartment building in downtown Cleveland on the night of the May 30 riot? Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Ohio’s coronavirus surge keeps soaring: This Week in the CLE," 13 July 2020 The bureau says the staff member did not enter the execution facility or the prison’s command center and left the facility before the dozens of Bureau of Prisons employees who are part of the team handling the executions arrived at Terre Haute. USA TODAY, "Worker aiding preparation for federal execution tests positive for COVID-19," 12 July 2020 However, his fundamentalist supporters may demand freedom to enter the building for daily prayers. Fox News, "Turkey issues presidential decree to convert Hagia Sophia back into mosque," 11 July 2020 Those picking up new arrivals are being asked not to enter the buildings. oregonlive, "Portland airport hit with airline layoffs, hopes for revival of air travel," 10 July 2020 Some managed to enter the building by force, but were pushed back by riot police. BostonGlobe.com, "WHO to review evidence of airborne transmission of coronavirus," 8 July 2020 The whole point of hero pools was to make sure the game didn’t enter a stale state, with teams playing the same compositions and the same teams coming out on top. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "How Overwatch League’s Summer Showdown gave fans a little March Madness in July," 8 July 2020 Adults, children ages 2 and up, and Discovery Center staff are required to wear masks to enter the building. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center in Sugar Land is reopening July 7," 6 July 2020 As police began to enter the building, however, loud shouts from protesters could be heard in footage of the confrontation. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Eight Hong Kong protesters arrested at peaceful blank sign protest," 6 July 2020

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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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The first known use of enter was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

30 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Enter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enter. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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enter

verb
How to pronounce enter- (audio)

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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