enter

[ en-ter ]
/ ˈɛn tər /

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.

Nearby words

  1. entebbe,
  2. entelechy,
  3. entellus,
  4. entente,
  5. entente cordiale,
  6. enter into,
  7. enter on,
  8. enter one's mind,
  9. enter the lists,
  10. enter-

Origin of enter

1200–50; Middle English entren < Old French entrer < Latin intrāre to enter, derivative of intrā within

Related forms
Can be confusedenter inter

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British Dictionary definitions for enter into

enter into

verb (intr, preposition)

to be considered as a necessary part of (one's plans, calculations, etc)
to be in sympathy withhe enters into his patient's problems

enter

/ (ˈɛntə) /

verb

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 into

enter

v.

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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Idioms and Phrases with enter into

enter into

1

Participate in, take an active role or interest in, as in We had to think twice before we entered into these negotiations. [Late 1700s]

2

Become party to (a contract), bind oneself, as in The nations entered into a new agreement. [First half of 1500s]

3

Become a component, form a part of, as in Finances soon entered into the discussion. [Early 1700s]

4

Also, go into. Consider, investigate, as in The report entered into the effect of high interest rates, or Let's not go into that. [Mid-1500s]

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