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enter (v.)

late 13c. entren, "enter into a place or a situation; join a group or society" (trans.); early 14c., "make one's entrance" (intrans.), from Old French entrer "enter, go in; enter upon, assume; initiate," from Latin intrare "to go into, enter" (source of Spanish entrar, Italian entrare), from intra "within," related to inter (prep., adv.) "among, between," from PIE *enter "between, among," comparative of root *en "in."

Transitive and intransitive in Latin; in French intransitive only. From c. 1300 in English as "join or engage in: (an activity);" late 14c. as "penetrate," also "have sexual intercourse" (with a woman);" also "make an entry in a record or list," also "assume the duties" (of office, etc.). Related: Entered; entering.

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Definitions of enter from WordNet

enter (v.)
to come or go into;
the boat entered an area of shallow marshes
Synonyms: come in / get into / get in / go into / go in / move into
enter (v.)
become a participant; be involved in;
enter negotiations
enter a drug treatment program
enter a race
enter an agreement
Synonyms: participate
enter (v.)
register formally as a participant or member;
Synonyms: enroll / inscribe / enrol / recruit
enter (v.)
be or play a part of or in;
Synonyms: figure
enter (v.)
make a record of; set down in permanent form;
Synonyms: record / put down
enter (v.)
come on stage;
enter (v.)
take on duties or office;
Synonyms: accede
enter (v.)
put or introduce into something;
Synonyms: insert / infix / introduce
enter (v.)
set out on (an enterprise or subject of study);
Synonyms: embark
From wordnet.princeton.edu