Pronunciation: (en'tur),[key] —v.i. 1. to come or go in: Knock before you enter. 2. to be admitted into a school, competition, etc.: Some contestants enter as late as a day before the race. 3. to make a beginning (often fol. by on or upon): We have entered upon a new phase in history. 4. Theat.to come upon the stage (used in stage directions as the 3rd person imperative sing. or pl.): Enter Othello, and Iago at a distance.
—v.t. 1. to come or go into: He just entered the building. The thought never entered my mind. 2. to penetrate or pierce: The bullet entered the flesh. 3. to put in or insert.
4. to become a member of; join: to enter a club. 5. to cause to be admitted, as into a school, competition, etc.: to enter a horse in a race. 6. to make a beginning of or in, or begin upon; engage or become involved in: He entered the medical profession. 7. to share in; have an intuitive understanding of: In order to appreciate the novel, one must be able to enter the spirit of the work. 8. to make a record of; record or register: to enter a new word in a dictionary. 9. Law. a. to make a formal record of (a fact).
b. to occupy or to take possession of (lands); make an entrance, entry, ingress in, under claim of a right to possession.
c. to file an application for (public lands).
10. Computers.to put (a document, program, data, etc.) into a computer system: Enter your new document into the word-processing system. 11. to put forward, submit, or register formally: to enter an objection to a proposed action; to enter a bid for a contract. 12. to report (a ship, cargo, etc.) at the custom house.
13. enter into, a. to participate in; engage in.
b. to investigate; consider: We will enter into the question of inherited characteristics at a future time. c. to sympathize with; share in.
d. to form a constituent part or ingredient of: There is another factor that enters into the situation. e. to go into a particular state: to enter into a state of suspended animation.