[ in-gres ]
See synonyms for: ingressingression on

  1. the act of going in or entering.

  2. the right to enter.

  1. a means or place of entering; entryway.

  2. Astronomy. immersion (def. 5).

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-

Other words from ingress

  • in·gres·sion [in-gresh-uhn], /ɪnˈgrɛʃ ən/, noun

Words Nearby ingress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ingress in a sentence

  • It is true that sometimes they have to provide means to prevent the ingress of too much water; but this is very easily done.

    Rollo in Holland | Jacob Abbott
  • Two doorways, one on each of the faces which looked into the enclosure, offered ingress.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • But Renwick was not sure that there was no other means of ingress.

    The Secret Witness | George Gibbs
  • Into this opens all their dwellings, the door being far below the surface, so that free ingress and egress are secured.

    The Life of Kit Carson | Edward S. Ellis
  • Then a peculiar knock was given on a particular door, which at once promptly opened to give them ingress.

    Shadow, the Mysterious Detective | Police Captain Howard

British Dictionary definitions for ingress


/ (ˈɪŋɡrɛs) /

  1. the act of going or coming in; an entering

  2. a way in; entrance

  1. the right or permission to enter

  2. astronomy another name for immersion (def. 2)

Origin of ingress

C15: from Latin ingressus, from ingredī to go in, from gradī to step, go

Derived forms of ingress

  • ingression (ɪnˈɡrɛʃən), noun

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