Etymology: Middle English entren, from Anglo-French entrer, from Latin intrare, from intra within; akin to Latin inter between — more at inter-
Date: 13th century
1. to go or come in
2. to come or gain admission into a group ; join — often used with into
a. to make a beginning <entering upon a career> b. to begin to consider a subject — usually used with into or upon 4. to go upon land for the purpose of taking possession 5. a. to come onstage — usually used in the subjunctive as a stage direction <enter Hamlet reading> b. to come into a preestablished situation or context like an actor coming onstage — usually used in the subjunctive <enter the new principal with her radical ideas> 6. to play a part ; be a factor <other considerations enter when money is involved> transitive verb 1. to come or go into <enter a room> 2. inscribe, register <enter the names of qualified voters> 3. to cause to be received or admitted <enter a child at a school> 4. to put in ; insert <enter the new data into the computer> 5. a. to make a beginning in <enter politics> b. to go into (a particular period of time) <enter middle age> 6. to become a member of or an active participant in <enter the university> <enter a race> 7. to make report of (a ship or its cargo) to customs authorities 8. to place in proper form before a court of law or upon record <enter a writ> 9. to go into or upon and take actual possession of (as land) 10. to put formally on record <entering a complaint> • enterable adjective Synonyms: enter, penetrate, pierce, probe mean to make way into something. enter is the most general of these and may imply either going in or forcing a way in <entered the city in triumph>. penetrate carries a strong implication of an impelling force or compelling power that achieves entrance <the enemy penetrated the fortress>. pierce means an entering or cutting through with a sharp pointed instrument <pierced the boil with a lancet>. probe implies penetration to investigate or explore something hidden from sight or knowledge <probed the depths of the sea>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.