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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The incident led her to enter a beauty contest in hopes of being able to leave Guyana.—Tabitha Britt, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 He is set to return to Earth on Sept. 27, but not before entering NASA’s history books.—Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 After a pandemic-era frenzy, IPOs and major mergers and acquisitions entered a lengthy dry spell last year.—WSJ, 21 Sep. 2023 In pictures: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch In 1973, Murdoch first entered the United States media sphere with the purchase of the San Antonio Express and the San Antonio News.—Oliver Darcy, CNN, 21 Sep. 2023 Every day that means around 1.3 million appointments with doctors, 260,000 hospital appointments, and around 675 people entering serious, critical care.—WIRED, 21 Sep. 2023 And in 2016, he was again pulled aside at LAX while trying to enter the United States.—Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Frazier entered Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros, a 9-5 Orioles win, hitting .297 with an .861 OPS in high-leverage situations.—Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 20 Sep. 2023 The governor ordered the 1,000-foot string of floating devices in the border river to try and discourage migrants from entering Texas from Mexico without legal authorization and to fight cross-border drug trafficking.—Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2023 See More
These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'enter.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.
Middle English entren, from Anglo-French entrer, from Latin intrare, from intra within; akin to Latin inter between — more at inter-