Entry has loads of meanings, most of them concerning going inside someplace and the way you happen to get inside. It can also refer to written records (as in a diary or ledger) or a submission to a contest.

When you go into the room, you make an entry. The door you go through is also an entry. If you write in your diary about all this, you make an entry in your diary. If you submit your diary page to the "Awesome Writer" writing contest, your submission is also called an entry. And, finally, if you keep a spreadsheet for all your writing contest submissions, don't forget to make an entry (for this entry about an entry via an entry).

Primary Meanings of entry

the act of entering
an item inserted in a written record
something (manuscripts or architectural plans and models or estimates or works of art of all genres etc.) submitted for the judgment of others (as in a competition)
the act of beginning something new
Full Definitions of entry

n the act of entering

entering, entrance, incoming, ingress
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the act of entering some territory or domain (often in large numbers)
entrance by force or without permission or welcome
a sudden violent entrance; a bursting in
the act of entering
enrollment, enrolment, registration
the act of enrolling
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
the act of admitting someone again
matric, matriculation
admission to a group (especially a college or university)
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the act of arriving at a certain place

n something that provides access (to get in or get out)

entrance, entranceway, entree, 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
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
the entrance to a coal mine
a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically)
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
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

n an item inserted in a written record

dictionary entry, lexical entry
the entry in a dictionary of information about a word
nol pros, nolle prosequi
an entry in the court record to the effect that the plaintiff or prosecutor will not proceed
notebook entry
an entry in a notebook
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written account, written record
a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events

n a written record of a commercial transaction

accounting entry, ledger entry
adjusting entry
an accounting entry made at the end of an accounting period to allocate items between accounting periods
credit, credit entry
an accounting entry acknowledging income or capital items
debit, debit entry
an accounting entry acknowledging sums that are owing
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accounting, accounting system, method of accounting
a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts

n something (manuscripts or architectural plans and models or estimates or works of art of all genres etc.) submitted for the judgment of others (as in a competition)

the entering of a legal document into the public record
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content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n the act of beginning something new

debut, first appearance, introduction, launching, unveiling
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the act of bringing about something (especially at an early time)
product introduction
the introduction (usually by an advertising campaign) of a new product or product line
ushering in
the introduction of something new
naturalisation, naturalization
the introduction of animals or plants to places where they flourish but are not indigenous
induction of labor
(obstetrics) inducing the childbirth process artificially by administering oxytocin or by puncturing the amniotic sac
the induction of sleep or hypnosis
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beginning, commencement, start
the act of starting something

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