verb (entered; entering) 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 intransitive verb 1. to go or come in 2. to come or gain admission into a group ; join — often used with into 3. 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.


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