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.
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Related Words for enter into

join, participate

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



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 into



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


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]

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