[ en-ter ]
/ ˈɛn tər /
verb (used without object)
to come or go in: Knock before you enter.
to be admitted into a school, competition, etc.: Some contestants enter as late as a day before the race.
to make a beginning (often followed by on or upon): We have entered upon a new phase in history.
Theater. to come upon the stage (used in stage directions as the 3rd person imperative singular or plural): Enter Othello, and Iago at a distance.
verb (used with object)
to come or go into: He just entered the building. The thought never entered my mind.
to penetrate or pierce: The bullet entered the flesh.
to put in or insert.
to become a member of; join: to enter a club.
to cause to be admitted, as into a school, competition, etc.: to enter a horse in a race.
to make a beginning of or in, or begin upon; engage or become involved in: He entered the medical profession.
to share in; have an intuitive understanding of: In order to appreciate the novel, one must be able to enter the spirit of the work.
to make a record of; record or register: to enter a new word in a dictionary.
Computers. to put (a document, program, data, etc.) into a computer system: Enter your new document into the word-processing system.
to put forward, submit, or register formally: to enter an objection to a proposed action; to enter a bid for a contract.
to report (a ship, cargo, etc.) at the custom house.
- 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.
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Origin of enter
1200–50; Middle English entren < Old French entrer < Latin intrāre to enter, derivative of intrā within
en·ter·a·ble, adjectiveen·ter·er, nounpre·en·ter, verb (used without object)un·en·ter·a·ble, adjective
un·en·tered, adjectivewell-en·tered, adjective
Can be confusedenter inter
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British Dictionary definitions for enter on
/ (ˈɛntə) /
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
- to go onto and occupy (land)
- mainly US to 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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Idioms and Phrases with enter on
Also, enter upon. Set out, begin, as in We are entering on a new era, or They entered upon the most difficult part of the research. [Early 1600s]
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