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.
A key on a keyboard or keypad used to enter or confirm a command or other textual input.Phrasal Verbs: enter into
To participate in; take an active role or interest in: enter into politics; enter into negotiations.
To become party to (a contract): The nations entered into a trade agreement.
To become a component of; form a part of: Financial matters entered into the discussion.
To consider; investigate: The report entered into the effect of high interest rates on the market. enter on (or upon)
To set out on; begin: We enter on a new era in our history.
To begin considering; take up: After discussing the budget deficit, they entered on the problem of raising taxes.
To take possession of: She entered upon the estate of her uncle.
Origin of enter
Middle English entren from
Old French entrer from
Latin intrāre from intrā 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.
- The "Enter" key on a computer keyboard.
- A stroke of the Enter key.
- (law) Abbreviation of enterprise.
Usage notes See also: enter
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.