en·​ter | \ˈen-tər \
entered; entering\ ˈen-​t(ə-​)riŋ \

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


enterable \ ˈen-​t(ə-​)rə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for enter

Synonyms: Verb

admit, receive, take

Antonyms: Verb

ban, bar

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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


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

Trump entered office not only having lost the popular vote but — uniquely among presidents — with an underwater favorability rating. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The lesson of the midterms: resistance works," 7 Nov. 2018 In July, Demi Lovato entered rehab after experiencing an overdose. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Demi Lovato Just Returned to Instagram With an Important Message," 6 Nov. 2018 On Saturday, October 27, a gunman entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, killing 11 people and wounding six others. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "How To Help Victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting," 29 Oct. 2018 To enter and for full rules, go to www.cntpost.com/discover-dallas/ Starts 10:00 AM ET 3/1/17 and ends 11:00 PM ET 5/24/17. Condé Naste Traveler: Post, "Discover Dallas Sweepstakes," 26 Oct. 2018 The journalist had given his phones to his fiancée before entering the consulate. Fox News, "Newspaper says Turkey has audio of Saudi writer's slaying," 14 Oct. 2018 The couple reportedly invited more than 500 friends and family to the day-two festivities, although most have stayed tight-lipped on social media (probably because they were reportedly asked to hand over their phones before entering). The Editors, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie's Official Wedding Portraits Are Dazzling," 13 Oct. 2018 Most recently, 36-year-old Matt Brown entered rehab for a second time for alcohol abuse. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Alaskan Bush People' Star Rain Brown Opens Up About Her Mental Health Struggles," 30 Sep. 2018 Before entering those credit card details, be sure to search directly on airline sites, remembering that some carriers like Southwest don't sell their tickets on third-party sites like Kayak. Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Find Cheap Flights," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of enter


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for enter


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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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.


en·​ter | \ˈen-tər \
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


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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