Thesaurus

enter

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of enter

  1. 1 to go or come in or into the hikers entered the cave with considerable caution Synonyms of enter access, penetrate, pierce Words Related to enter barge (in), breeze (in), burst (in or into), waltz (in); drop in, pop (in); stray (into), wander (into); crash, encroach, gate-crash, infiltrate, infringe, intrude, invade, trespass Phrases set foot in, step into Antonyms of enter depart, exit, leave

  2. 2 to become a member of patriotic young men and women entering the armed services debutantes entering society Synonyms of enter enlist (in), enroll (in), join, sign on (for), sign up (for) Words Related to enter reenlist, reenroll, reenter, rejoin, re-up; get in Near Antonyms of enter drop out, quit, withdraw Antonyms of enter demit

  3. 3 to put (someone or something) on a list new voters fill out a form and elections officials enter their names into the database Synonyms of enter catalog (or catalogue), enroll (also enrol), list, index, inscribe, put down, record, register, schedule, slateWords Related to enter book, card, file, note; classify, compile, tabulate, tally; rescheduleNear Antonyms of enter delete

  4. 4 to offer entrance (as to a place, school, or privilege) to the club enters only five new members a year Synonyms of enter admit, receive, takeWords Related to enter entertain, welcome; fellowship; confirm, ratifyNear Antonyms of enter decline, disallow, disapprove, dismiss, refuse, reject; blackball, blacklist, ostracize; banish, deport, exile, expel, oust, throw outAntonyms of enter ban, bar

Synonym Discussion of enter

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


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