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Definition of Enter


  1. 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. To unite in; to join; to be admitted to; to become a member of; as, to enter an association, a college, an army.
  3. To engage in; to become occupied with; as, to enter the legal profession, the book trade, etc.
  4. 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. 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. 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. To go into or upon, as lands, and take actual possession of them.
  8. 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. 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. 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. To deposit for copyright the title or description of (a book, picture, map, etc.); as, "entered according to act of Congress."
  12. To initiate; to introduce favorably.
  13. To go or come in; -- often with in used pleonastically; also, to begin; to take the first steps.
  14. 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. To penetrate mentally; to consider attentively; -- with into.

Enter Quotations

Eventually, competition and adventure wane, and I enter my ibuprofen phase. Tweaky hamstrings and achy knees restrict mileage, but I continue running for health, sanity, and the ritual of a Sunday trail run with like-minded buddies. We discuss the nagging injuries that bedevil us, and remember the good old days when we were kings.
Don Kardong

Illegal immigration is crisis for our country. It is an open door for drugs, criminals, and potential terrorists to enter our country. It is straining our economy, adding costs to our judicial, healthcare, and education systems.
Timothy Murphy

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
Khalil Gibran

Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.
Friedrich Nietzsche

If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.
Michael Jackson
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Enter Translations

enter in Afrikaans is insit
enter in Dutch is indoen, insteken, steken
enter in French is entrent, entrons, irruption, affilier, entrer
enter in German is eingeben, betreten, Eintrag, Eingabe
enter in Italian is somministrare, penetrare, registrazione, petizione
enter in Latin is invado, intro, ingredior ingredi ingressus
enter in Portuguese is entre
enter in Spanish is pisar, montar, entrar, exposicion, inscribir
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