entrance

As a noun, entrance means an act of entering or something that provides a way to enter something. You can make a grand entrance when you arrive at a party, as long as you can actually find the entrance.

Entrance has two pronunciations. If you put the accent on the first syllable, the word is a noun meaning the act of entering or the way into something ("an entrance to the building"). If the accent is on the second syllable, then entrance is a verb meaning "to enchant, charm, or enamor" — "You will be entranced by the movie; the scenery looks so real you will swear it is growing in the theater."

Definitions of entrance
  1. noun
    something that provides access (to get in or get out)
    “they waited at the entrance to the garden”
    synonyms: entranceway, entree, entry, entryway
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    arch, archway
    a passageway under a curved masonry construction
    door, doorway, room access, threshold
    the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close
    gateway
    an entrance that can be closed by a gate
    hatchway, opening, scuttle
    an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
    pithead
    the entrance to a coal mine
    portal
    a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically)
    porte-cochere
    a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyard
    servant's entrance, service door, service entrance
    an entrance intended for the use of servants or for delivery of goods and removal of refuse
    stage door
    an entrance to the backstage area of theater; used by performers and other theater personnel
    vomitory
    an entrance to an amphitheater or stadium
    escape hatch
    hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency
    exterior door, outside door
    a doorway that allows entrance to or exit from a building
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    access, approach
    a way of entering or leaving
  2. noun
    the act of entering
    “she made a grand entrance
    synonyms: entering, entry, incoming, ingress
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    incursion
    the act of entering some territory or domain (often in large numbers)
    intrusion
    entrance by force or without permission or welcome
    irruption
    a sudden violent entrance; a bursting in
    entree
    the act of entering
    enrollment, enrolment, registration
    the act of enrolling
    penetration
    the act of entering into or through something
    admission, admittance
    the act of admitting someone to enter
    interpenetration, permeation
    mutual penetration; diffusion of each through the other
    market penetration
    the extent to which a product is recognized and bought by customers in a particular market
    readmission
    the act of admitting someone again
    matric, matriculation
    admission to a group (especially a college or university)
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    arrival
    the act of arriving at a certain place
  3. noun
    a movement into or inward
    synonyms: entering
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    encroachment, intrusion, invasion
    any entry into an area not previously occupied
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    change of location, travel
    a movement through space that changes the location of something
  4. verb
    put into a trance
    synonyms: spellbind
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    hypnotise, hypnotize, mesmerise, mesmerize
    induce hypnosis in
  5. verb
    attract; cause to be enamored
    synonyms: becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, fascinate, trance
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    hold
    hold the attention of
    work
    gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
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    appeal, attract
    be attractive to
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