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 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 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 Although the Giants enter their regular-season finale with a 5-10 record, New York still could wind up as the NFC East champion and host a first-round game in the playoffs. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "After late start, Xavier McKinney hopes for exciting finish to rookie season," 3 Jan. 2021 People who are allowed to enter still have to quarantine under tight watch for two weeks, including Taiwanese citizens. Raymond Zhong, BostonGlobe.com, "How Taiwan plans to stay (mostly) COVID-free," 2 Jan. 2021 Border agents rescued a Mexican national who got stuck on the border wall in California while trying to enter the U.S. illegally, authorities said Wednesday. Fox News, "Border Patrol rescues Mexican migrant found hanging from border wall in California," 1 Jan. 2021 Police reviewed the victim’s surveillance footage, which confirmed the victim’s account and showed the suspect trying to enter several other cars. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Woman threatens to slash trailer park visitor’s tires: Brunswick Hills Township Police Blotter," 28 Dec. 2020 Civil rights activists had been protesting in the city for weeks, and the police had recently arrested King and others for trying to enter the Monson’s whites-only restaurant. Reginald Dwayne Betts Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Devin Gordon Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.," 23 Dec. 2020 Police said at least one person was arrested after trying to enter the Capitol by breaking the window in a door. oregonlive, "Oregon lawmakers finish third special session focused on aid to tenants, landlords," 22 Dec. 2020 This investigation apparently began after a fourth man, from Canada, was stopped while trying to enter the U.S. Amy Forliti, USA TODAY, "White supremacists plotted to attack US electric grid by shooting into power stations, FBI says," 22 Dec. 2020 Couples have until Friday, January 15 to enter the contest at Amazon. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Amazon’s Dream Wedding Registry Contest Is Giving Away up to $25,000 in Registry Gifts," 15 Dec. 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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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Enter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enter. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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