- to come or go in: Knock before you enter.
- to be admitted into a school, competition, etc.: Some contestants enter as late as a day before the race.
- to make a beginning (often followed by on or upon): We have entered upon a new phase in history.
- Theater. to come upon the stage (used in stage directions as the 3rd person imperative singular or plural): Enter Othello, and Iago at a distance.
- to come or go into: He just entered the building. The thought never entered my mind.
- to penetrate or pierce: The bullet entered the flesh.
- to put in or insert.
- to become a member of; join: to enter a club.
- to cause to be admitted, as into a school, competition, etc.: to enter a horse in a race.
- to make a beginning of or in, or begin upon; engage or become involved in: He entered the medical profession.
- to share in; have an intuitive understanding of: In order to appreciate the novel, one must be able to enter the spirit of the work.
- to make a record of; record or register: to enter a new word in a dictionary.
- Computers. to put (a document, program, data, etc.) into a computer system: Enter your new document into the word-processing system.
- to put forward, submit, or register formally: to enter an objection to a proposed action; to enter a bid for a contract.
- to report (a ship, cargo, etc.) at the custom house.
- enter into,
- to participate in; engage in.
- to investigate; consider: We will enter into the question of inherited characteristics at a future time.
- to sympathize with; share in.
- to form a constituent part or ingredient of: There is another factor that enters into the situation.
- to go into a particular state: to enter into a state of suspended animation.
Origin of enter
Examples from the Web for entered
Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
Former Gov. Jimmy Carter entered the 1976 Presidential campaign as a more or less total unknown.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
The families announced along with it that they had entered a “phase of silence” surrounding the details of the new deal.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
A Spaniard by birth, Victor Serna left home shy of his 14th birthday and entered the monastery to become a Marist brother.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
Our relationship did not improve as I entered college and developed a raging eating disorder.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Mrs. Milbrey entered, news of importance visibly animating her.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Thence they entered the inner Ceramicus, where Aspasia resided.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Mr. Paine looked up as he entered, and had no difficulty in guessing his errand.
Mrs. Rushton was braiding straw when Robert entered with his berries.
He had entered into the path of dishonesty, and he was forced to keep on in it.
- to come or go into (a place, house, etc)
- to penetrate or pierce
- (tr) to introduce or insert
- to join (a party, organization, etc)
- (when intr, foll by into) to become involved or take part (in)to enter a game; to enter into an agreement
- (tr) to record (an item such as a commercial transaction) in a journal, account, register, etc
- (tr) to record (a name, etc) on a list
- (tr) to present or submitto enter a proposal
- (intr) theatre to come on stage: used as a stage directionenter Juliet
- (when intr, often foll by into, on, or upon) to begin; startto enter upon a new career
- (intr often foll by upon) to come into possession (of)
- (tr) to place (evidence, a plea, etc) before a court of law or upon the court records
- (tr) law
- to go onto and occupy (land)
- mainly USto file a claim to (public lands)
Word Origin and History for entered
late 13c., from Old French entrer, from Latin intrare "to go into, enter" (source of Spanish entrar, Italian entrare), from intra "within," related to inter (prep., adj.) "among, between" (see inter-). Related: Entered; entering.