verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

enter into,
  1. to participate in; engage in.
  2. to investigate; consider: We will enter into the question of inherited characteristics at a future time.
  3. to sympathize with; share in.
  4. to form a constituent part or ingredient of: There is another factor that enters into the situation.
  5. to go into a particular state: to enter into a state of suspended animation.

Origin of enter

1200–50; Middle English entren < Old French entrer < Latin intrāre to enter, derivative of intrā within
Related formsen·ter·a·ble, adjectiveen·ter·er, nounpre·en·ter, verb (used without object)un·en·ter·a·ble, adjectiveun·en·tered, adjectivewell-en·tered, adjective
Can be confusedenter inter

Antonyms for enter

1. leave. 7. remove.


variant of entero- before a vowel: enteritis.
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Examples from the Web for enter

Contemporary Examples of enter

Historical Examples of enter

  • Will madame be so good to enter our petit salon at the front, n'est-ce-pas?

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • No one of our kindred must enter the family of Pericles as a slave.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • None but Greeks were allowed to enter the temples of this goddess.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • No woman was allowed to enter Olympia, during the celebration of the games.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • At all events, he was left standing on the doorstone, and no one came to bid him enter.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

British Dictionary definitions for enter



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
  1. to go onto and occupy (land)
  2. mainly USto file a claim to (public lands)
Derived Formsenterable, adjectiveenterer, noun

Word Origin for enter

C13: from Old French entrer, from Latin intrāre to go in, from intrā within
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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.

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enter in Medicine



Variant ofentero-
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