en·try | \ˈen-trē \
plural entries

Definition of entry 

1 : the right or privilege of entering : entrée

2 : the act of entering : entrance

3 : a place of entrance: such as

a : vestibule, passage

b : door, gate

4a : the act of making or entering a record

b : something entered: such as

(1) : a record or notation of an occurrence, transaction, or proceeding

(2) : a descriptive record (as in a card catalog or an index)

(3) : headword

(4) : a headword with its definition or identification

(5) : vocabulary entry

5 : a person, thing, or group entered into something (such as a contest or market) the latest entries in the computer market judge the entries in the writing contest

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Examples of entry in a Sentence

His parents tried to make his entry into school life as smooth as possible. His friends were surprised by his entry into politics. She was denied entry into the courtroom. students competing for entry into the college
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Rewards: China agrees to lower barriers to entry, enabling freer access for U.S. companies. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Trade wars are damaging, so why is Trump fighting one with China?," 13 July 2018 Republicans also won party-line approval of language letting federal officials hold children for more than 20 days when their parents face legal action for unauthorized entry to the U.S. CBS News, "Push by liberal Democrats’ to abolish ICE delights GOP," 13 July 2018 Previously, the barriers to entry to automating abuse and disinformation were incredibly low. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Twitter's fake account purge can help turn the tide against influence campaigns," 9 July 2018 Tickets for the shows have been on sale on the club's website: general admission is $50 for entry to the main floor, and comfy leather VIP-level seating is $100. Frances Stead Sellers, chicagotribune.com, "Stormy Daniels to visit Washington this week — for a strip-club show," 8 July 2018 The front sport seats are well bolstered but not restrictive to entry or exit. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 The lack of barriers to entry on YouTube allowed them to take their reporting chops and present them in new ways online. Rebekah F. Ward, The Christian Science Monitor, "How laughter brought more voters to the polls in Colombia," 3 July 2018 This year’s call for entries asks artists to create work that draws on fictional or factual narratives related to these Concord woods. Zipporah Osei, BostonGlobe.com, "A ‘kindness garden’ to spread love and compassion," 28 June 2018 But with each passing month, as more people talk about Bitcoin and more conferences are held where more products aimed at institutions are introduced, the barrier to entry gets a little lower. Omid Malekan, New York Times, "If Fund Managers Back Bitcoin," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of entry

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for entry

Middle English entre, from Anglo-French entree, from feminine of entré, past participle of entrer to enter

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English Language Learners Definition of entry

: the act of entering something

: the right to enter something

: a place for entering something


en·try | \ˈen-trē \
plural entries

Kids Definition of entry

1 : the act of going in : entrance Her entry surprised us.

2 : the right to go in or join He was denied entry into the club.

3 : a place (as a hall or door) through which entrance is made

4 : the act of making a written record of something She was hired to do data entry.

5 : something written down as part of a list or a record dictionary entries

6 : a person or thing taking part in a contest the winning entry


plural entries

Legal Definition of entry 

1 : the privilege of entering real property — see also right of entry

2 : the act of entering real property a warrantless entry by the officer — see also trespass

3 : the act of making or entering a record (as a plea or judgment) an entry of default also : a record entered a docket entry

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to reject or criticize sharply

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