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  1. the act of going in or entering.
  2. the right to enter.
  3. a means or place of entering; entryway.
  4. Astronomy. immersion(def 5).
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Origin of ingress

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin ingressus a going in, commencing, equivalent to ingred-, stem of ingredī to go or step into, commence (see in-2, gradient) + -tus suffix of v. action, with -dt- > -ss-
Related formsin·gres·sion [in-gresh-uh n] /ɪnˈgrɛʃ ən/, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The waters of the great deep have ingress and egress to the soul.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • They told him they could give him ingress at a point in the long walls leading to Lechaeum.



  • Any other mode of ingress was impossible for any beast of burden.

  • There were for a few days much hurry and bustle, both of egress and of ingress.

  • It was as though an invisible barrier had been raised to prevent his ingress.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for ingress


  1. the act of going or coming in; an entering
  2. a way in; entrance
  3. the right or permission to enter
  4. astronomy another name for immersion (def. 2)
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Derived Formsingression (ɪnˈɡrɛʃən), noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin ingressus, from ingredī to go in, from gradī to step, go
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Word Origin and History for ingress


mid-15c., from Latin ingressus "an advance; walking; an entry," from past participle stem of ingredi "to step into, enter" (see ingredient). The verb, sometimes said to be American English, is attested from early 14c.

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