Synonyms & Antonyms of enter

1 to go or come in or into
  • the hikers entered the cave with considerable caution

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2 to become a member of
  • patriotic young men and women entering the armed services
  • debutantes entering society

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3 to put (someone or something) on a list
  • new voters fill out a form and elections officials enter their names into the database

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4 to offer entrance (as to a place, school, or privilege) to
  • the club enters only five new members a year

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How does the verb enter differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of enter are penetrate, pierce, and probe. While all these words 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

Where would penetrate be a reasonable alternative to enter?

While the synonyms penetrate and enter are close in meaning, penetrate carries a strong implication of an impelling force or compelling power that achieves entrance.

the enemy penetrated the fortress

When can pierce be used instead of enter?

Although the words pierce and enter have much in common, pierce means an entering or cutting through with a sharp pointed instrument.

pierced the boil with a lancet

When is it sensible to use probe instead of enter?

In some situations, the words probe and enter are roughly equivalent. However, probe implies penetration to investigate or explore something hidden from sight or knowledge.

probed the depths of the sea

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The first known use of enter was in the 13th century

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“Enter.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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