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.

Origin of enter

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

Related forms

Can be confused

enter inter
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British Dictionary definitions for enter into (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for enter into (2 of 2)

enter

/ (ˈɛntə) /

verb


Derived Forms

enterable, adjectiveenterer, noun

Word Origin for enter

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