enters; entered; entering
enters; entered; entering
Learner's definition of ENTER
1 : to go or come into (something)
Knock on the door before you enter the room.
The medication will quickly enter the blood stream.
The river enters the sea near here.
2 a : to begin to be in (an organization, school, etc.) b : to cause (someone) to be in an organization, school, etc.
3 a : to start to do something
b : to begin to be in (a particular situation, period of time, etc.)
He was a teacher before he entered politics. [=before he began his political career]
He's been faced with many scandals since he entered office. [=since he began his term in office]
The new battleship is scheduled to enter service next spring.
c : to appear for the first time in (something)
enter middle age
an actor who's just now entering his prime
The strike has now entered its second week.
We've entered a new phase in our relationship.
The country is entering a period of prosperity.
Entering [=at the start of] the season, he was expected to be an important part of the team.
The word has entered common usage [=become commonly used] in recent decades.
4 a : to officially say that you will be in a race, competition, etc.
b [+ object] : to officially say that (someone) will be in a race, competition, etc.
She won the race last year, but this year she decided not to enter.
(Brit) He entered for the tournament.
◊ If you are entered in a race, competition, etc., you are one of the people who are competing in it.
5 a : to include (something) in a book, list, etc.
b : to type in (words, data, etc.) on a computer
The teacher entered my name on the roster.
enter an item in a journal
These words are not yet entered in the dictionary. [=they do not yet appear in the dictionary]
6 [+ object] : to make or state (something) in a formal and official way
enter into[phrasal verb]
enter into (something)
1 : to begin to be in or to take part in (something) 2 : to be a part of or to influence (something, such as a choice or decision) 3 : to share or become involved in (something)
enter on/upon[phrasal verb]
enter on/upon (something)
: to begin to be in or to take part in (something)
enter the picture/scene
1 : to become involved in something 2
orenter (into) the equation : to become something that must be considered or dealt with
Once politics enters the picture, chances for a quick settlement are greatly reduced.
Money didn't enter the equation when he offered to help. [=he didn't expect to be paid for helping]
enter your mind/head
: to occur in your thoughts