enter

To enter is to go inside or into a place. When you enter your house after school, you might pet your cat and take off your shoes.

You might enter the kitchen to see what's for dinner, or enter the library to look for a book to read. In both cases, you go from one place into another, through a doorway. If you're an actor, the word enter takes on a different meaning: to appear on the stage during a play. The stage directions might read, "Enter the King, stage left." Countries also enter wars, and people enter contests — they register or become involved.

Definitions of enter
  1. verb
    to come or go into
    “the boat entered an area of shallow marshes”
    synonyms: come in, get in, get into, go in, go into, move into
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    exit, get out, go out, leave
    move out of or depart from
    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
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    take the field
    go on the playing field, of a football team
    penetrate, perforate
    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
    re-enter
    enter again
    file in
    enter by marching in a file
    pop in
    enter briefly
    walk in
    enter by walking
    call at, out in
    enter a harbor
    take water
    enter the water
    turn in
    make an entrance by turning from a road
    board, get on
    get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)
    intrude, irrupt
    enter uninvited
    encroach upon, intrude on, invade, obtrude upon
    to intrude upon, infringe, encroach on, violate
    dock
    come into dock
    break in
    intrude on uninvited
    dig into, poke into, probe
    examine physically with or as if with a probe
    cut
    penetrate injuriously
    interpenetrate, permeate
    penetrate mutually or be interlocked
    strike
    pierce with force
    break
    pierce or penetrate
    foray
    briefly enter enemy territory
    poke into
    enter briefly
    creep in, sneak in
    enter surreptitiously
    diffuse, imbue, interpenetrate, penetrate, permeate, pervade, riddle
    spread or diffuse through
    honeycomb
    penetrate thoroughly and into every part
    berth, moor, wharf
    come into or dock at a wharf
    pierce
    make a hole into
    pierce, thrust
    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
    pierce
    cut or make a way through
    tunnel
    force a way through
    filter, percolate, permeate, sink in
    pass through
    grain, ingrain
    thoroughly work in
    immerse, plunge
    thrust or throw into
    force, storm
    take by force
    ooze through
    run slowly and gradually
    embark, ship
    go on board
    entrain
    board a train
    catch
    reach in time
    bother
    intrude or enter uninvited
    barge in, crash, gate-crash
    enter uninvited; informal
    move in on
    make intrusive advances towards
    foray into, raid
    enter someone else's territory and take spoils
  2. verb
    come on stage
  3. verb
    become a participant; be involved in
    enter a race”
    enter an agreement”
    enter negotiations”
    synonyms: participate
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    chuck up the sponge, drop by the wayside, drop out, fall by the wayside, give up, quit, throw in, throw in the towel
    give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat
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    jump
    enter eagerly into
  4. verb
    register formally as a participant or member
    synonyms: enrol, enroll, inscribe, recruit
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    draft, enlist, muster in
    engage somebody to enter the army
    unionise, unionize
    recruit for a union or organize into a union
    register
    enroll to vote
    matriculate
    enroll as a student
    levy, raise, recruit
    cause to assemble or enlist in the military
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    register
    record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
  5. verb
    set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)
    synonyms: embark
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    take up
    pursue or resume
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    begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
    take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
  6. verb
    put or introduce into something
    synonyms: infix, insert, introduce
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    connect, plug in, plug into
    plug into an outlet
    cannulate, cannulise, cannulize, canulate, intubate
    introduce a cannula or tube into
    input
    enter (data or a program) into a computer
    instil, instill
    enter drop by drop
    embed, engraft, imbed, implant, plant
    fix or set securely or deeply
    sandwich
    insert or squeeze tightly between two people or objects
    graft, transplant
    place the organ of a donor into the body of a recipient
    pot
    plant in a pot
    nest
    fit together or fit inside
    bury, sink
    embed deeply
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    attach
    cause to be attached
  7. verb
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
    synonyms: put down, record
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    chalk up, tally
    keep score, as in games
    clock in, clock on, punch in
    register one's arrival at work
    record, tape
    register electronically
    accession
    make a record of additions to a collection, such as a library
    post
    display, as of records in sports games
    ring up
    to perform and record a sale on a cash register
    manifest
    record in a ship's manifest
    inscribe
    write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
    chronicle
    record in chronological order; make a historical record
    file, file away
    place in a container for keeping records
    document
    record in detail
    log
    enter into a log, as on ships and planes
    clock up, log up
    record a distance travelled; on planes and cars
    film, shoot, take
    make a film or photograph of something
    tape, videotape
    record on videotape
    photograph, shoot, snap
    record on photographic film
    mark, score
    make underscoring marks
    notch
    notch a surface to record something
    keep, maintain
    maintain by writing regular records
    film
    record in film
    register
    record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
    book
    record a charge in a police register
    cancel, invalidate
    make invalid for use
    save, write
    record data on a computer
    tape record
    record with a tape recorder
    prerecord
    record before presentation, as of a broadcast
    file, register
    record in a public office or in a court of law
    retake
    photograph again
    reshoot
    shoot again
    x-ray
    take an x-ray of something or somebody
    cinematise, cinematize
    make a film of or adopt so as to make into a film
    microfilm
    record on microfilm
    cut
    record a performance on (a medium)
    cut
    make a recording of
    patent
    grant rights to; grant a patent for
    enrol, enroll, inscribe, recruit
    register formally as a participant or member
    list
    include in a list
    fine, ticket
    issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty
    book
    register in a hotel booker
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    preserve, save
    to keep up and reserve for personal or special use
  8. verb
    be or play a part of or in
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  9. verb
    take on duties or office
    synonyms: accede
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    ascend
    become king or queen
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    take office
    assume an office, duty, or title
    come after, follow, succeed
    be the successor (of)
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