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verb enter pronunciation in British English /ˈentə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleentering
past tenseentered
past participleentered
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to go or come into a place

    The man had entered through the back door.

    The bullet missed his kidney because it entered his body at an angle.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to start or reach a particular period of time in a process or activity

      The war had already entered its third week.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to begin to affect someone’s actions or behaviour

      A hint of emotion entered his voice for the first time.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to start to take part in a particular activity or to work in a particular job

    She had hoped to enter the legal profession.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if you enter a race or competition, or if someone enters you, you put your name on the list of those taking part

      She’s entered several poetry competitions.

      Each owner can enter a horse for a maximum of three races.

      The competition is free, and anyone over the age of 18 can enter.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to write something somewhere, for example in a book, on a form, or on a computer

    You enter the customer’s name on this line.

    Enter your user name and password.

    1. a.
      to state something officially
      enter a plea of (=say formally whether you are guilty of a crime):

      The defendant entered a plea of ‘not guilty’.

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