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 Ward entered into a settlement agreement in 2013 to resolve a civil lawsuit by former students claiming abuse. USA Today, "Most priests accused of sexually abusing children were never sent to prison. Here's why," 12 Nov. 2019 The Steelers enter Week 11 as winners of four straight games, including a 17-12 upset of the Los Angeles Rams on home field in Week 10. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Steelers-Browns odds: Cleveland favored in TNF battle with Pittsburgh," 11 Nov. 2019 In all, 18 vehicles carrying about 100 people entered the U.S. via the port of entry in Douglas, Ariz., The Arizona Daily Star reported. Fox News, "Mexico cartel ambush: American father whose relatives were killed says he's leaving the country," 11 Nov. 2019 Third entering the week, the 62-year-old German star needs to win the event and have McCarron finish in a two-way tie for fifth or worse and Kelly finish in a two-way tie for second or worse. BostonGlobe.com, "Jeff Maggert kept the lead Saturday in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix, while Jerry Kelly had one of the best rounds of the day to get back in the fight for the PGA Tour Champions’ season points title.," 10 Nov. 2019 Aria Eubank enters Midway into a contest to bring celebrity travel guru Sterling Masters to town to experience Christmas in Midway. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Kellie Pickler Gives Us the Inside Scoop on Her New Hallmark Movie, The Mistletoe Secret," 9 Nov. 2019 Over the next week, the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump will enter the public-hearing phase. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Trump impeachment process a grim necessity," 9 Nov. 2019 By 2009, the killer's DNA had been entered into the national criminal database — known as CODIS — but there was still no match. CBS News, "How a discarded cigarette led to an arrest in Idaho teen Angie Dodge's cold case murder," 9 Nov. 2019 Ellington enters this week needing just 118 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "College Football: McDaniel hitting the road for Saturday night contest vs. Susquehanna," 8 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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14 Nov 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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