enter

verb
en·​ter | \ ˈen-tər How to pronounce enter (audio) \
entered; entering\ ˈen-​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce enter (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 enter- (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 The showcase highlights more than a half century of Super Bowl halftime performances and features, among other things, enter cube of mirrors stage set from The Weeknd’s Super Bowl LV production. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Super Bowl halftime exhibit will have you dancing in the end zone," 23 Apr. 2021 This approach makes sense for a continent seeing more youth and women enter the workforce, pursue entrepreneurship, and lead major firms. Gregory Meeks, Quartz, "The US wants to reset its economic ties with Africa," 23 Apr. 2021 And now, as a result of a series of unaddressed circumstances, most women who are about to enter menopause could have a worse experience than their mother's generation. Michael Satow, Forbes, "How The Health Industry Can Provide Better Treatment Opportunities For Women In Menopause," 20 Apr. 2021 Will, 17, was about to enter his senior year in high school. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Grieving parents say the (p)UC needs to be a regulator, not an enabler of electric utilities," 15 Apr. 2021 Well, a fourth horseman is about to enter the fray: earnings. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Goldman Sachs to investors: look out for these two warning signs as earnings season arrives," 12 Apr. 2021 Commercial aviation was about to enter a different age, and environmental concerns led to the cancellation of the grand plan for the Everglades Jetport after only one runway had been built. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, "Everglades Jetport: The 'world's greatest airport' that never was," 12 Apr. 2021 About to enter his 33rd year of coaching overall, the Starkville, Miss., native was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in January. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Back where he belongs: Fairhope’s Stu Fuller returns to dugout after heart surgery," 9 Apr. 2021 Now, Dancing With the Stars is about to enter its 30th season, which likely means the network will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the program's huge anniversary. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How 'Dancing With the Stars' Is Changing Things Up for Season 30," 3 Apr. 2021

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Enter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enter. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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