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verb (used without object)
  1. to come or go in: Knock before you enter.
  2. to be admitted into a school, competition, etc.: Some contestants enter as late as a day before the race.
  3. to make a beginning (often followed by on or upon): We have entered upon a new phase in history.
  4. 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)
  1. to come or go into: He just entered the building. The thought never entered my mind.
  2. to penetrate or pierce: The bullet entered the flesh.
  3. to put in or insert.
  4. to become a member of; join: to enter a club.
  5. to cause to be admitted, as into a school, competition, etc.: to enter a horse in a race.
  6. to make a beginning of or in, or begin upon; engage or become involved in: He entered the medical profession.
  7. 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.
  8. to make a record of; record or register: to enter a new word in a dictionary.
  9. Law.
    1. to make a formal record of (a fact).
    2. to occupy or to take possession of (lands); make an entrance, entry, ingress in, under claim of a right to possession.
    3. to file an application for (public lands).
  10. Computers. to put (a document, program, data, etc.) into a computer system: Enter your new document into the word-processing system.
  11. to put forward, submit, or register formally: to enter an objection to a proposed action; to enter a bid for a contract.
  12. to report (a ship, cargo, etc.) at the custom house.
Verb Phrases
  1. 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.


  1. variant of entero- before a vowel: enteritis.
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Examples from the Web for enter

Contemporary Examples of enter

Historical Examples of enter

  • No one of our kindred must enter the family of Pericles as a slave.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • No woman was allowed to enter Olympia, during the celebration of the games.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • None but Greeks were allowed to enter the temples of this goddess.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Will madame be so good to enter our petit salon at the front, n'est-ce-pas?

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • At all events, he was left standing on the doorstone, and no one came to bid him enter.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

British Dictionary definitions for enter


  1. to come or go into (a place, house, etc)
  2. to penetrate or pierce
  3. (tr) to introduce or insert
  4. to join (a party, organization, etc)
  5. (when intr, foll by into) to become involved or take part (in)to enter a game; to enter into an agreement
  6. (tr) to record (an item such as a commercial transaction) in a journal, account, register, etc
  7. (tr) to record (a name, etc) on a list
  8. (tr) to present or submitto enter a proposal
  9. (intr) theatre to come on stage: used as a stage directionenter Juliet
  10. (when intr, often foll by into, on, or upon) to begin; startto enter upon a new career
  11. (intr often foll by upon) to come into possession (of)
  12. (tr) to place (evidence, a plea, etc) before a court of law or upon the court records
  13. (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

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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enter in Medicine


  1. Variant ofentero-
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