- 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
- variant of entero- before a vowel: enteritis.
Examples from the Web for enter
For now, the Egyptian government has issued a statement saying that Clooney is free to enter Egypt “whenever she wants.”Amal Clooney vs. Egypt’s Courts
January 4, 2015
Even then, most of us doubted he would show up and actually sign the papers allowing him to enter the 1992 New Hampshire primary.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
The moment where they enter the spirit portal symbolizes their evolution from being friends to being a couple.Yep, Korra and Asami Went in the Spirit Portal and Probably Kissed
December 25, 2014
Roughly one out of every 33 women who enter the federal prison system is pregnant.The GOP’s Hidden Ban on Prison Abortions
December 13, 2014
In contrast to so many of those who were drafted, the players did not enter the Vietnam War reluctantly.A West Point MVP Who Never Played a Down
December 13, 2014
No one of our kindred must enter the family of Pericles as a slave.
No woman was allowed to enter Olympia, during the celebration of the games.
None but Greeks were allowed to enter the temples of this goddess.
Will madame be so good to enter our petit salon at the front, n'est-ce-pas?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
At all events, he was left standing on the doorstone, and no one came to bid him enter.Brave and Bold
- 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 enter
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.
- Variant ofentero-