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 Twelve things about the Broncos entering Sunday’s game at Buffalo. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Broncos Insider: Who is currently the most scorned professional athlete in Denver sports?," 24 Nov. 2019 The Jets, ranked 32nd in total offense entering the game, eclipsed the 400-yard mark for just the second time this season. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ jets cooled in 34-3 loss to New York," 24 Nov. 2019 Noteworthy: The Dolphins enter Sunday’s game in position to get the No. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins’ young secondary looking to make most of opportunity, contain Browns’ Landry and Beckham," 23 Nov. 2019 Kentucky still fell well short of John Calipari's stated goal of 20 3-point attempts per game, but the success rate was much better than in the team's 21.3% (13 for 61) mark entering the game. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans step up again in Kentucky win over Mount St. Mary's," 22 Nov. 2019 Many of the asylum-seekers who entered after July 16 are already having final hearings in their cases. Dara Lind, ProPublica, "The Trump Administration Was Ordered to Let These Migrants Seek Asylum. It Didn’t Tell the Judges Hearing Their Cases.," 22 Nov. 2019 The Ravens didn’t just beat a team that entered the game in first place in the AFC South on Sunday. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "‘The best team in the NFL right now’: Ravens surge to top of NFL power rankings," 21 Nov. 2019 This covers the Google searches by users who are not entering specific IKEA product names, like Gunrid, IKEA's *amazing* air-purifying curtains, but instead are just looking for curtains that IKEA makes. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "These Are the Most-Searched IKEA Products in the U.S.," 21 Nov. 2019 Members of the Québec national assembly recently threatened to complain to the legislature’s speaker and have Catherine Dorion sanctioned when the Québec Solidaire politician entered the chamber wearing an orange wool hoodie. Arnaud Montreuil, Quartz at Work, "Is the world ready for politicians to dress in workplace casual?," 20 Nov. 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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The first known use of enter was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Enter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entering. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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