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  1. en·ter
    IPA[ˈen(t)ər]
  2. verb

    • 1. come or go into (a place):

      she entered the kitchen the door opened and Karl entered reading the Bible, we enter into an amazing new world of thoughts
      Synonym : go in/into, come in/into, get in/into, set foot in, cross the threshold of, pass into, move into, gain access to, be admitted to, make/effect an entrance into, break into, burst into, irrupt into, intrude into, invade, infiltrate
    • 2. used as a stage direction to indicate when a character comes on stage:

      enter Hamlet
    • 3. come or be introduced into:

      the thought never entered my head
    • 4. penetrate (something):

      the bullet entered his stomach
      Synonym : penetrate, pierce, puncture, perforate, make a hole in, make a wound in, impale, stick, spike, stab, spear, skewer, run through, transfix, transpierce
    • 5. (of a man) insert the penis into the vagina of (a woman):

      then he entered her, harsh in his passion
    • 6. begin to be involved in:

      in 1941 America entered the war
      Synonym : join (in), get involved in, go in for, throw oneself into, engage in, embark on, venture into/on, launch into, plunge into, undertake, take up, participate in, take part in, share in, play a part in, play a role in, be a participant in, partake in, contribute to, be associated with, associate oneself with, have a hand in, have something to do with, be (a) party to, cooperate in, help with, assist with, lend a hand with, get in on the act, pitch in with
    • 7. become a member of or start working in (an institution or profession):

      that autumn, he entered college
      Synonym : join, become a member of, enroll in/for, enlist in, volunteer for, sign up for, take up, become connected/associated with, commit oneself to
    • 8. register as a competitor or participant in a tournament, race, or examination:

      they won every race they entered
      Synonym : go in for, put one's name down for, register for, enroll for, sign on/up for, become a competitor in, become a contestant in, obtain/gain entrance to, compete in, take part in, participate in, be a competitor in, be a contestant in, play in, throw one's hat in the ring, be in the running
    • 9. start or reach (a stage or period of time) in an activity or situation:

      the election campaign entered its final phase
      Synonym : begin, start, move into, go into, enter on, kick off, commence
    • 10. (of a particular performer in an ensemble) start or resume playing or singing.

    • 11. write or key (information) in a book, computer, etc., so as to record it:

      children can enter the data into the computer
      Synonym : record, write down, set down, put in writing, put down, take down, note, make a note of, jot down, put down on paper, commit to paper, document, put on record, minute, register, chronicle, file, put on file, chart, docket, log, list, catalog, make an inventory of, diarize
    • 12. submit (a statement) in an official capacity, usually in a court of law:

      an attorney entered a plea of guilty on her behalf
      Synonym : submit, register, lodge, put on record, record, file, put forward, place, advance, lay, present, press, prefer, tender, offer, proffer, table

    noun

    • 1. a key on a computer keyboard which is used to perform various functions, such as executing a command or selecting options on a menu.

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: enter, 3rd person present: enters, gerund or present participle: entering, past tense: entered, past participle: entered

    • verb

      come or go into (a place):

      used as a stage direction to indicate when a character comes on stage:

    • noun

      a key on a computer keyboard which is used to perform various functions, such as executing a command or selecting options on a menu.
    • verb

      enter (something) again:
    • become involved in (an activity, situation, or matter)
    • become involved in (an activity or situation)
    • verb

      enter (something) again:
    • noun

      the crime of entering a building by force so as to commit burglary; breaking and entering:

      an act of breaking and entering:

    • begin (an activity or job); start to pursue (a particular course in life)

      (as a legal entitlement) go freely into (property) as or as if the owner

    • issue or accept a challenge
    • begin (an activity or job); start to pursue (a particular course in life)

      (as a legal entitlement) go freely into (property) as or as if the owner

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