Pronunciation: (en'tur), [key]
1. to come or go in: Knock before you enter.
2. to be admitted into a school, competition, etc.: Some contestants enter as late as a day before the race.
3. to make a beginning (often fol. by on or upon): We have entered upon a new phase in history.
4. Theat.to come upon the stage (used in stage directions as the 3rd person imperative sing. or pl.): Enter Othello, and Iago at a distance.
1. to come or go into: He just entered the building. The thought never entered my mind.
2. to penetrate or pierce: The bullet entered the flesh.
3. to put in or insert.
4. to become a member of; join: to enter a club.
5. to cause to be admitted, as into a school, competition, etc.: to enter a horse in a race.
6. to make a beginning of or in, or begin upon; engage or become involved in: He entered the medical profession.
7. to share in; have an intuitive understanding of: In order to appreciate the novel, one must be able to enter the spirit of the work.
8. to make a record of; record or register: to enter a new word in a dictionary.
a. to make a formal record of (a fact).
b. to occupy or to take possession of (lands); make an entrance, entry, ingress in, under claim of a right to possession.
c. to file an application for (public lands).
10. Computers.to put (a document, program, data, etc.) into a computer system: Enter your new document into the word-processing system.
11. to put forward, submit, or register formally: to enter an objection to a proposed action; to enter a bid for a contract.
12. to report (a ship, cargo, etc.) at the custom house.
13. enter into,
a. to participate in; engage in.
b. to investigate; consider: We will enter into the question of inherited characteristics at a future time.
c. to sympathize with; share in.
d. to form a constituent part or ingredient of: There is another factor that enters into the situation.
e. to go into a particular state: to enter into a state of suspended animation.
var. of entero- before a vowel: enteritis.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.