• Enter


    • UK IPA: /ˈɛntə(ɹ)/
    • US IPA: /ˈɛntɚ/, ˈɛɾ̃ɚ
    • Rhymes: -ɛntə(r)
    • Homophones: inner pin-pen merger
    • Hyphenation: en + ter

    Alternative forms

    • entre archaic, before circa 1700


    From Middle English entren, from Old French entrer, from Latin intrō, from intrā ("inside"). 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.

    Full definition of enter


    1. to go into (a room, etc.).You should knock before you enter my room, unless you want to see me naked.
    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 woodto enter a boy at college, a horse for a race, etc.
    3. (figuratively) To 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. (theater) To come onto the stage; to appear on stage.
      • 2012, Annette Lust, Bringing the Body to the Stage and Screen: Expressive Movement for Performers, A young man enters from stage left and smiles at the nanny, who ignores him and quickly exits stage right.
    5. (transitive) To type (something) into a computer; to input.
      • Enter your user name and password.
    6. to record (something) in an account, ledger, etc.
      • 2003, A. Mukherjee and M. Hanif, Financial Accounting, Each amount entered in the debit column of the journal is posted by entering it on the credit side/column of of an account in the ledger.
    7. (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.
    8. (law, intransitive) To become effective; to come into effect.
      • 2005, United Nations, Dispositions Législatives Et Réglementaires Nationales Relatives À la Prévention Et À L'élimination Du Terrorisme International, This Act shall enter into force on 01 March 1998.
    9. (legal) To go into or upon, as lands, and take actual possession of them.
    10. (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
    11. 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.
    12. (US) 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.1887 , United States General Land Office, Annual Report of the Commissioner of General Land Office, Under existing laws governing the qualifications of an alien to enter 160 acres or more of the public domain he is only required to file his declaration of intent to become a citizen.
    13. to deposit for copyright the title or description of (a book, picture, map, etc.).entered according to act of Congress
    14. (obsolete) To initiate; to introduce favourably.



    Derived terms



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


    © Wiktionary