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
Antonyms for enter
verb (intr, preposition)
- to go onto and occupy (land)
- mainly USto file a claim to (public lands)
Word Origin for enter
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.
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]