What does enter mean?

Definitions for enter
ˈɛn təren·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word enter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. enter, come in, get into, get in, go into, go in, move intoverb

    to come or go into

    "the boat entered an area of shallow marshes"

  2. enter, participateverb

    become a participant; be involved in

    "enter a race"; "enter an agreement"; "enter a drug treatment program"; "enter negotiations"

  3. enroll, inscribe, enter, enrol, recruitverb

    register formally as a participant or member

    "The party recruited many new members"

  4. figure, enterverb

    be or play a part of or in

    "Elections figure prominently in every government program"; "How do the elections figure in the current pattern of internal politics?"

  5. record, enter, put downverb

    make a record of; set down in permanent form

  6. enterverb

    come on stage

  7. accede, enterverb

    take on duties or office

    "accede to the throne"

  8. insert, infix, enter, introduceverb

    put or introduce into something

    "insert a picture into the text"

  9. embark, enterverb

    set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)

    "she embarked upon a new career"


  1. enterverb

    To go into (a room, etc.)

  2. enterverb

    To type (something) into a computer; to input

  3. Enternoun

    The "Enter" key on a computer keyboard.

  4. Enternoun

    A stroke of the Enter key.

  5. Etymology: From entren, from entrer, from intro, from intra. 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ENTERverb

    Etymology: entrer, French.

    A king of repute and learning entered the lists against him. Francis Atterbury.

    The eldest being thus entered, and then made the fashion, it would be impossible to hinder them. John Locke.

    So your opinion is, Aufidius,
    That they of Rome are enter’d in our counsels,
    And know how we proceed. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Mr. Phang, have you enter’d the action?
    —— It is enter’d. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    Agues and fevers are entered promiscuously, yet in the few bills they have been distinguished. John Graunt, Bills of Mortality.

  2. To Enterverb

    Be not slothful to go and to enter to possess the land. Judg.

    Other creature here,
    Beast, bird, insect, or worm, durst enter none. John Milton.

    He is particularly pleased with Livy for his manner of telling a story, and with Sallust for his entering into internal principles of action. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 409.

    They were not capable of entering into the numerous concurring springs of action. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    The French king hath often entered on several expensive projects, on purpose to dissipate wealth. Joseph Addison, on the War.

    Gentlemen did not care to enter upon business ’till after their morning draught. Tatler, №. 86.

    As soon as they once entered into a taste of pleasure, politeness, and magnificence, they fell into a thousand violences, conspiracies and divisions. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enterverb

    to come or go into; to pass into the interior of; to pass within the outer cover or shell of; to penetrate; to pierce; as, to enter a house, a closet, a country, a door, etc.; the river enters the sea

  2. Enterverb

    to unite in; to join; to be admitted to; to become a member of; as, to enter an association, a college, an army

  3. Enterverb

    to engage in; to become occupied with; as, to enter the legal profession, the book trade, etc

  4. Enterverb

    to pass within the limits of; to attain; to begin; to commence upon; as, to enter one's teens, a new era, a new dispensation

  5. Enterverb

    to cause to go (into), or to be received (into); to put in; to insert; to cause to be admitted; as, to enter a knife into a piece of wood, a wedge into a log; to enter a boy at college, a horse for a race, etc

  6. Enterverb

    to inscribe; to enroll; to record; as, to enter a name, or a date, in a book, or a book in a catalogue; to enter the particulars of a sale in an account, a manifest of a ship or of merchandise at the customhouse

  7. Enterverb

    to go into or upon, as lands, and take actual possession of them

  8. Enterverb

    to place in regular form before the court, usually in writing; to put upon record in proper from and order; as, to enter a writ, appearance, rule, or judgment

  9. Enterverb

    to make report of (a vessel or her cargo) at the customhouse; to submit a statement of (imported goods), with the original invoices, to the proper officer of the customs for estimating the duties. See Entry, 4

  10. Enterverb

    to file or inscribe upon the records of the land office the required particulars concerning (a quantity of public land) in order to entitle a person to a right pf preemption

  11. Enterverb

    to deposit for copyright the title or description of (a book, picture, map, etc.); as, "entered according to act of Congress."

  12. Enterverb

    to initiate; to introduce favorably

  13. Enterverb

    to go or come in; -- often with in used pleonastically; also, to begin; to take the first steps

  14. Enterverb

    to get admission; to introduce one's self; to penetrate; to form or constitute a part; to become a partaker or participant; to share; to engage; -- usually with into; sometimes with on or upon; as, a ball enters into the body; water enters into a ship; he enters into the plan; to enter into a quarrel; a merchant enters into partnership with some one; to enter upon another's land; the boy enters on his tenth year; to enter upon a task; lead enters into the composition of pewter

  15. Enterverb

    to penetrate mentally; to consider attentively; -- with into

  16. Etymology: [OE. entren, enteren, F. entrer, fr. L. intrare, fr. intro inward, contr. fr. intero (sc. loco), fr. inter in between, between. See Inter-, In, and cf. Interior.]


  1. Enter

    Enter is the debut studio album by Dutch symphonic/gothic metal band Within Temptation, released by DSFA Records in 1997. The album prominently features lead singer Sharon den Adel's vocals as well as guitarist Robert Westerholt's gruff death metal growls. Lex Vogelaar, founder of Orphanage, supplied the guitar parts for "Pearls of Light", as well as producing the album, and Orphanage vocalist George Oosthoek performed some of the growls on "Deep Within".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enter

    en′tėr, v.i. to go or come in: to penetrate: to engage in: to form a part of.—v.t. to come or go into: to join or engage in: to begin: to put into: to enrol or record: to cause to be inscribed, as a boy's name at school, a horse for a race, &c.—n. (Shak.) ingoing.—adj. En′terable.—ns. En′terclose, a passage between two rooms; En′terer; En′tering.—Enter a protest, to write it in the books: thence simply, to protest; Enter into, to become a party to: to be interested in: to be part of; Enter on, to begin: to engage in. [Fr. entrer—L. intrare, to go into, related to inter, between.]

Editors Contribution

  1. enter

    Give permission to access.

    They were fortunate to enter government after the public gave them their trust in delivering unity, change, fair and just unified solutions.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1993

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2227

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enter' in Verbs Frequency: #159

Anagrams for enter »

  1. entre

  2. treen

  3. terne

  4. renet

  5. neter

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enter in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of enter in a Sentence

  1. Nita Nestman:

    It didn't even enter my mind that's what it was.

  2. Ivor Prickett:

    Their sense of uncertainty was really palpable, (They) were lucky in the sense that they managed to reach that side of country and were allowed to enter northern Iraq, which the Kurds regard as their closest thing to a homeland. That said, they were incredibly tense and uncertain, having never been to Iraq before.

  3. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon:

    We will seek to enter into immediate discussions with the EU institutions and with other EU member states to explore all possible options to protect Scotland's place in the EU.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Opportunity is like a door; it is always open, but you have to be prepared to enter through it.

  5. Stella McCartney:

    The moment you enter, you're hit with probably the cleanest air in London... which is something I'm really proud of, if you don't have clean air you don't have anything, and that's the core of everything I'm looking at as a human that inhabits this planet, as a business woman and as a fashion designer.

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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. askant
    • B. inexpiable
    • C. repugnant
    • D. lank

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