verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- 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
Can be confusedenter inter
British Dictionary definitions for enter into (1 of 2)
verb (intr, preposition)
British Dictionary definitions for enter into (2 of 2)
- to go onto and occupy (land)
- mainly US to file a claim to (public lands)
Derived Formsenterable, adjectiveenterer, noun
Word Origin for enter
Idioms and Phrases with enter into
Participate in, take an active role or interest in, as in We had to think twice before we entered into these negotiations. [Late 1700s]
Become party to (a contract), bind oneself, as in The nations entered into a new agreement. [First half of 1500s]
Become a component, form a part of, as in Finances soon entered into the discussion. [Early 1700s]
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]