- Enter is defined as to come in, put in or get in.
- An example of to enter is walking into a house from the outside.
- An example of to enter is adding a picture to a photo album.
A woman about to enter a building.
enter- definition by Webster's New World
- to come or go in or into
- to force a way into; penetrate; pierce: the bullet entered his body
- to put into; insert
- to write down in a record, list, diary, etc.; make an entry of
- to list as a participant in a competition, race, etc.
- to become a participant in (a contest)
- to join; become a part or member of (a political party, school, club, etc.)
- to get (a person, etc.) admitted
- to start upon; begin: to enter a career
- to present for consideration; submit, esp. formally or officially: to enter a protest
- to register (a ship or cargo) at a customhouse
- to input (data, a password, etc.) into a computer or other electronic device
- to place on record before a court
- to go upon or into (land or property) and take possession
- ☆ to file a claim for (a parcel of public land)
Origin: Middle English entren ; from Old French entrer ; from Classical Latin intrare ; from intra, within, inside: see intra-
- to come or go into some place; make an entrance: also used as a stage direction meaning “he (or she) comes, or they come, on stage”
- to pierce; penetrate
enter- definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb en·tered, en·ter·ing, en·ters verb, transitive
- To come or go into: The train entered the tunnel.
- To penetrate; pierce: The bullet entered the victim's skull.
- To introduce; insert: She entered the probe into the patient's artery.
- a. To become a participant, member, or part of; join: too old to enter the army; entered the discussion at a crucial moment.b. To gain admission to (a school, for example).
- To cause to become a participant, member, or part of; enroll: entered the children in private school; entered dahlias in a flower show.
- To embark on; begin: With Sputnik, the Soviet Union entered the space age.
- To make a beginning in; take up: entered medicine.
- To write or put in: entered our names in the guest book; enters the data into the computer.
- To place formally on record; submit: enter a plea of innocence; enter a complaint.
- To go to or occupy in order to claim possession of (land).
- To report (a ship or cargo) to customs.
- To come or go in; make an entry: As the President entered, the band played “Hail to the Chief.”
- To effect penetration.
- To become a member or participant.
Origin: Middle English entren, from Old French entrer, from Latin intrāre, from intrā, inside; see en in Indo-European roots.
- enˈter·a·ble adjective
enter- - Computer Definition
The act of entering data into the computer. After a line of text is typed, pressing the Enter key, also called the "Return key," causes the computer to input the data. See Enter key.
enter- - Legal Definition
enter- - Medical Definition
enter- - Phrases/Idioms
- to engage in; take part in to enter into a conversation
- to form a part or component of; be or become a factor in
- to deal with; discuss
- to sympathize with; appreciate and share to enter into the spirit of an occasion
enter onor enter upon
- to begin; set out on; start
- to begin to possess or enjoy; take possession of
Variant of entero-
Origin: ; from Classical Greek enteron, intestine: see inter-