- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM enter
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH enterenter , inter
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WORDS THAT USE ENTER-
What does enter- mean?
Enter- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “intestine.” The intestines are the long tract of the digestive system that runs from the stomach to the anus. Enter- is often used in medical terms, especially in anatomy and pathology.
Enter- comes from the Greek énteron, meaning “intestine.” A scientific term for the digestive tract (alimentary canal) is enteron, which comes from this same Greek root. The word dysentery, literally meaning “bad bowels,” also derives from the Greek énteron.
Enter- is a variant of entero-, which loses its –o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
Want to know more? Read our Words That Use entero- article.
Examples of enter-
One medical term that features the combining form enter- is enteritis, meaning “inflammation of the intestines.”
As we have seen, enter- means “intestine.” The suffix -itis is used to denote inflammation, particularly of organs. So, enteritis literally translates to “intestine inflammation.”
What are some words that use the combining form enter-?
What are some other forms that enter– may be commonly confused with?
The combining form enter- shares all its letters with the common word enter, meaning “to come or go in.” Via French, enter ultimately comes from the Latin intrā, meaning “within”—and intrā is, in fact, distantly related to the Greek énteron. Our guts are within our bodies, after all.
How to use enter in a sentence
For now, the Egyptian government has issued a statement saying that Clooney is free to enter Egypt “whenever she wants.”
Even then, most of us doubted he would show up and actually sign the papers allowing him to enter the 1992 New Hampshire primary.
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|Melissa Leon|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many more German divisions would enter the fray over the next few days.
Roughly one out of every 33 women who enter the federal prison system is pregnant.
One evening, while he was thus engaged, he observed de Patinos and Duke Wharton enter together.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
He will keep the sayings of renowned men, and will enter withal into the subtilties of parables.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
He was positive he had seen some one enter the room, go to the chair, and take the money from his pockets.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
A little shepherdess is guiding them, as anxious to get them in as they are to enter, for this means the end of her day's work.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
But first he held a whispered colloquy with the Princess, whom he entreated, or persuaded, to re-enter her gorgeous vehicle.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for enter
- to go onto and occupy (land)
- mainly US to file a claim to (public lands)