see also: Enter
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɛntə(ɹ)/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɛntɚ/, [ˈɛɾ̃ɚ]
    • (pin-pen) IPA: [ˈɪɾ̃ɚ]

enter (enters, present participle entering; past and past participle entered)

  1. (intransitive) To go or come into an enclosed or partially enclosed space.
    You should knock before you enter, unless you want to see me naked.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, John 3:5 ↗:
      Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass. […] Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
  2. (transitive) 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.
  3. (figuratively) To go or 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.
  4. (transitive) To type (something) into a computer; to input#Verb|input.
    Enter your user name and password.
  5. (transitive) To record (something) in an account, ledger, etc.
  6. (intransitive, law) To become a party to an agreement, treaty, etc.
    • I am pleased to notify the Congress of my intent to enter into a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the Government of Singapore.
  7. (law, intransitive) To become effective; to come into effect.
  8. (legal) To go into or upon, as lands, and take actual possession of them.
  9. (transitive, legal) 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
  10. 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.
  11. (transitive, US, dated, historical) 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.
  12. to deposit for copyright the title or description of (a book, picture, map, etc.).
    entered according to act of Congress
  13. (transitive, obsolete) To initiate; to introduce favourably.
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
      This sword but shown to Caesar, with this tidings, / Shall enter me with him.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • German: eingeben
  • Russian: впи́сывать

enter (plural enters)

  1. (computing) Alternative spelling of Enter
  2. (computing) Alternative spelling of Enter


enter (plural enters)

  1. The "Enter" key on a computer keyboard.
  2. A stroke of the Enter key.
  • Russian: ввод

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