From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_715_zenteren‧ter /ˈentə $ -ər/ ●●● S2 W1 verb 🔊 🔊 1 go into a) [intransitive, transitive]ENTER to go or come into a place 🔊 Silence fell as I entered the room. 🔊 Few reporters dared to enter the war zone. b) [transitive]ENTER if an object enters part of something, it goes inside it 🔊 The bullet had entered his brain.2 start working [intransitive, transitive]JOIN AN ORGANIZATION to start working in a particular profession or organization, or to start studying at a school or university 🔊 Both the boys entered the army. 🔊 She entered politics in 1996. 🔊 He entered the Church (=became a priest) as a young man.3 start an activity [transitive]TAKE PART/BE INVOLVED to start to take part in an activity, or become involved in a situation 🔊 He entered the election as the clear favourite. 🔊 The rebels were prepared to enter negotiations (=start discussing something).4 computer a) TD[transitive] to put information into a computer by pressing the keys 🔊 Press the return key to enter the information.enter something into something 🔊 The names are entered into a database. b) TD[intransitive, transitive] if you enter a computer system, you are given permission to use it by the computer 🔊 It won’t let you enter without a password.► see thesaurus at write5 write information [transitive]WRITE to write information on a particular part of a form, document etc 🔊 Don’t forget to enter your postcode.enter in/into 🔊 Enter your name in the space provided.6 TAKE PART/BE INVOLVEDcompetition/examination [intransitive, transitive] to arrange to take part in a race, competition, examination etc, or to arrange for someone else to take part 🔊 At least 30 schools entered the competition.enter for 🔊 Decisions about when he or she is entered for an examination should be taken very carefully.7 period of time [transitive] to begin a period of time when something happens 🔊 The economy has entered a period of recession.enter its third week/sixth day/second year etc 🔊 The talks have now entered their third week.8 start to exist [transitive]CHANGE/MAKE something DIFFERENT if a new idea, thought etc enters your head, or a new quality enters something, it suddenly starts to exist there 🔊 A note of panic entered her voice.it never entered somebody’s head/mind (=used to say that someone never considered a particular idea, especially when this is surprising) 🔊 It never entered his head that she might be seeing someone else.9 → enter somebody’s life10 official statement [transitive] formal to make an official statement 🔊 Wilson entered a plea of not guilty (=said that he was not guilty at the beginning of a court case). 🔊 Residents entered a number of objections to the scheme.GRAMMAR: Comparisonenter• You enter a place: They entered the building through the front door. ✗Don’t say: They entered into the building. • You usually use enter into when talking about starting agreements or discussions with someone.go• You go into a place: They went into the building through the front door.THESAURUSenter to go or come into a place. Enter is more formal than go inIt appears the burglars entered the house through a back window.Occupying troops entered the town on 8th April.go in/into something to enter a place. Go in/into is the usual phrase to use in everyday EnglishIt was getting cold so we went in.He went into the cafe and ordered a drink.come in/into something to enter a place – used when you are already in that placeCome in and sit down.When you come into the village, you’ll see the church on your right.get in/into something to succeed in entering a place, especially when it is difficult or it takes a long timeI’d lost my key so I couldn’t get in.You can’t get into the club if you are under 18.break in/into something to enter a building using force, for example in order to steal somethingIf anyone tries to break in, the alarm will go off.burst in/into something to enter a room or building very suddenly and noisilyTwo men with guns burst in and told us to lie on the floor.He burst into my office laughing and screaming like a maniac.barge in/into something to suddenly enter a room where you are not wanted because you are interrupting someone or you were not invitedShe just barged into my room without knocking.You can’t just go barging in.sneak in/into something to enter a place quietly and secretly hoping that no one will notice youIf you’re late, just try and sneak into the back of the class.slip in/into something to enter a place quietly and quicklyMaggie opened the door silently and slipped in.trespass formal to enter an area of land that belongs to someone else without permissionThe sign said ‘Trespassers will be prosecuted’.Trespassing on the railway is a criminal offence in the UK. → enter into something → enter upon something→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusenter• People walked many miles just to enter a church building even once a month.• He has entered a special defence of alibi in respect of the alleged taxi crimes.• No direct rays could enter, and I knew that, as soon as I closed the hatch, I'd be travelling blind.• She'd entered and won a competiton run by a local photographer, Colin Wakeham.• Previously, people entered caves to Join with the Goddess's body.• Eight horses were entered for the first race.• As part of his training program, Lauck has been entered in Sunday's race.• If a word is entered incorrectly the machine refuses to obey the command.• Mozart decided to enter into the prevailing spirit of the place.• A friend of mine entered me in the 10K race.• Before this war commenced, the idea of doing what is called work never once entered my mind.• A man was arrested for trying to enter the actress's Beverly Hills home.• Enter the amount of money you wish to take out of your account.• Congress is considering raising the number of skilled workers who may enter the country each year.• Everyone entering the country must show a passport.• Jay and Cindy entered the dance competition for fun - they had no idea they would win.• Enter the filename and click 'OK'.• Army tanks entered the main square of the city.• Jason plans to enter the Navy.• Last week, the governor entered the public debate on health-care reform.• As soon as he entered the room, he knew there was something wrong.• It appears the burglars entered through a back window.• Bacteria can enter through a cut or graze on the skin.• Eighty percent of the children in the program had entered university with good grades.• Enter your address and telephone number in the spaces provided.• Enter your user name and hit the return key.entered politics• De Maizière, a Protestant lay official, had only recently and apparently reluctantly entered politics.• Both entered politics early and came to the height of their power in their late 40s.• She married, converted to a form of Buddhism and entered politics, forming a new party for the lower castes.• Many of its earlier leaders were lay preachers who entered politics in order to apply their religious ideals in practical ways.• Arteaga, 40, entered politics through her participation in government cultural foundations and agencies.enter negotiations• I know the other party and I are going to work out a deal when we enter negotiations.enter in/into• Users have to register, but aren't obliged to enter into a lengthy contractual agreement.• The waste-management company also entered into a pact to acquire other Wastemasters assets for about $ 15. 8 million.• He later entered into a rehab program.• The treaty was due to enter into force after ratification by the parliaments of the five signatories by Jan. 1,1992.• A.. That entered into my mind.• For each of these problems a problem report will be entered into the computer system and assigned to the Computer Group Manager.• When government enters into the enthusiastic, unrestrained greed of a market frenzy, we are all affected.it never entered somebody’s head/mind• I knew the rule well enough, but in that split second it never entered my head.• Yet it never entered her head for a moment to think that Prince Charles was remotely interested in romance.entered ... plea• Gridley, 84, has been charged with bribery and attempted bribery, but has not been arraigned or entered a plea.• Michael Joseph Dixon, 21, entered pleas of guilty on all the charges May 15.• Less than a year after the shooting, Ray entered a plea of guilty.• Highway 101 near Asti July 11, but entered a plea of no contest to assaulting the peace officer during the escape.• A second man, Tony Gallagher, also entered a plea of not guilty to causing death by reckless driving.• Judge Paul Mahoney waived her public appearance at the arraignment, where Mitchell entered a plea on her behalf of not guilty.• Neither suspect entered a plea Tuesday.