Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: entrer, from Latin intrare, from intra 'inside'


Related topics: Computers
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go into

a) [intransitive and transitive] to go or come into a place:
Silence fell as I entered the room.
Few reporters dared to enter the war zone.
b) [transitive] if an object enters part of something, it goes inside it:
The bullet had entered his brain.

start working

[intransitive and transitive] 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.

start an activity

[transitive] 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).


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 and 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.

write information

[transitive] 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.


[intransitive and 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.

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.

start to exist

[transitive] 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.

enter somebody's life

if someone or something enters your life, you start to know them or be affected by them:
By the time Angie entered his life, he was almost 30.

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.

enter into something

phrasal verb

enter into an agreement/contract etc

SCL to make an official agreement to do something
enter into an agreement/contract etc with
Some local authorities have entered into partnership with private companies.
2 to start discussing or dealing with something:
It could be a problem, but we don't need to enter into that just yet.
enter into discussions/negotiations (with somebody)
The government refused to enter into discussions with the opposition.
3 [usually in negatives] to affect a situation and be something that you consider when you make a choice:
He always buys the best - money doesn't enter into it.

enter into the spirit of it/things

to take part in a game, party etc in an eager way

enter upon something

phrasal verb
to start doing something or being involved in it:
countries newly entering upon industrialization
WORD FOCUS: computer WORD FOCUS: computer
people who work with computers: user, programmer, web designer, IT person, software engineer, (systems) analyst, administrator, webmaster, helpdesk, techie informal, geek disapproving informal

someone who tries to break into a computer system: hacker, cracker

things you do with your computer: start up/power up your computer
a file or document
click on
an icon
cut and paste
pieces of text
files or programs
scroll up and down
the page
things you do not want
files or pictures from the Internet
CDs or DVDs
a file or document
your work
shut down
your computer

computer problems: bug, virus, error, corrupted file/data, crash, worm

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