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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
    Soldiers entered the houses, apparently searching for weapons.
    The man had entered through the back door.
    The bullet missed his kidney because it entered his body at an angle.
    They were imprisoned for illegally entering the country.
    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 someones 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
    There are dozens of new companies entering the software market.
    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
      A number of complaints have been entered by senior members.
      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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