A woman about to enter a building.
- 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.
- 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 of enterMiddle 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
- 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
- to begin; set out on; start
- to begin to possess or enjoy; take possession of
verben·tered, en·ter·ing, en·ters
- 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 not guilty; 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 of enterMiddle English entren, from Old French entrer, from Latin intr&amacron;re, from intr&amacron;, inside; see en in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present enters, present participle entering, simple past and past participle entered)
- to go into (a room, etc.).
- You should knock before you enter my room, unless you want to see me naked.
- To cause to go (into), or to be received (into); to put in; to insert; to cause to be admitted.
- to enter a knife into a piece of wood
- to enter a boy at college, a horse for a race, etc.
- (figuratively) To come into a state or profession.
- My twelve-year-old son will be entering his teens next year.
- She had planned to enter the legal profession.
- (theater) To come onto the stage; to appear on stage.
- To type (something) into a computer; to input.
- to record (something) in an account, ledger, etc.
- (law) To become a party to an agreement, treaty, etc.
- (law, intransitive) To become effective; to come into effect.
- (law) To go into or upon, as lands, and take actual possession of them.
- (law) To place in regular form before the court, usually in writing; to put upon record in proper from and order.
- to enter a writ, appearance, rule, or judgment
- to make report of (a vessel or its cargo) at the custom house; to submit a statement of (imported goods), with the original invoices, to the proper customs officer for estimating the duties. See entry.
- (US) To file, or register with the land office, the required particulars concerning (a quantity of public land) in order to entitle a person to a right of preemption.
- to deposit for copyright the title or description of (a book, picture, map, etc.).
- entered according to act of Congress
- (computing) Alternative spelling of Enter (“the computer key”).
- (computing) Alternative spelling of Enter (“a stroke of the computer key”).
From Middle English entren, from Old French entrer, from Latin intrō, from intrā (“inside”). Has been spelled as "enter" for several centuries even in the United Kingdom, although British English retains the "re" ending for many words such as centre, fibre, spectre, theatre, calibre, sombre, lustre, and litre.
- (law) Abbreviation of enterprise.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Case Names and Institutional Authors in Citations", Table T6, p. 430-431.
enter - Computer Definition
enter - Legal Definition