- entre (archaic, before circa 1700)
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɛntə(ɹ)/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɛntɚ/, [ˈɛɾ̃ɚ]
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- Rhymes: -ɛntə(r)
- Homophone: inner (pin-pen merger)
- Hyphenation: en‧ter
From Middle English entren, from Old French entrer, from Latin intrō, from intrā (“inside”). Has been spelled as "enter" for several centuries even in the United Kingdom, although British English retains the "re" ending for many words such as centre, fibre, spectre, theatre, calibre, sombre, lustre, and litre.
- (intransitive) To go or come into an enclosed or partially enclosed space.
- You should knock before you enter, unless you want to see me naked.
1555, John Proctor, The historie of Wyates rebellion, with the order and maner of resisting the same, …, page 86:
- […] you can fynde in youre heartes to assaulte her with rebellion, or in any wise [ways] suffer any one eyvil motion to enter into your thoughtes against her?
- 1611, Bible (KJV), John 3:5:
- Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
- 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapter III:
- In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass. […] Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
- (transitive) To cause to go (into), or to be received (into); to put in; to insert; to cause to be admitted.
- to enter a knife into a piece of wood; to enter a boy at college, a horse for a race, etc.
- (figuratively) To go or come into (a state or profession).
- My twelve-year-old son will be entering his teens next year. She had planned to enter the legal profession.
- (transitive) To type (something) into a computer; to input.
- Enter your user name and password.
- (transitive) To record (something) in an account, ledger, etc.
2003, A. Mukherjee and M. Hanif, Financial Accounting, ISBN 978-0-87083-038-9, pages 27:
- Each amount entered in the debit column of the journal is posted by entering it on the credit side/column of of an account in the ledger.
- (intransitive, law) To become a party to an agreement, treaty, etc.
2003 February 4, The President of the United States, “NOTIFICATION TO ENTER INTO A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF SINGAPORE”, U.S. Government Printing Office, accessed on 2013-9-9:
- I am pleased to notify the Congress of my intent to enter into a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the Government of Singapore.
- (law, intransitive) To become effective; to come into effect.
2005, United Nations, Dispositions Législatives Et Réglementaires Nationales Relatives À la Prévention Et À L'élimination Du Terrorisme International, ISBN 978-92-1-033093-0, page 215:
- This Act shall enter into force on 01 March 1998.
- (law) To go into or upon, as lands, and take actual possession of them.
- (transitive, law) To place in regular form before the court, usually in writing; to put upon record in proper from and order.
- to enter a writ, appearance, rule, or judgment
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Burrill to this entry?)
- to make report of (a vessel or its cargo) at the custom house; to submit a statement of (imported goods), with the original invoices, to the proper customs officer for estimating the duties. See entry.
- (transitive, US, dated, historical) To file, or register with the land office, the required particulars concerning (a quantity of public land) in order to entitle a person to a right of preemption.
1887, United States General Land Office, Annual Report of the Commissioner of General Land Office, US Government Printing Office, page 82:
- Under existing laws governing the qualifications of an alien to enter 160 acres or more of the public domain he is only required to file his declaration of intent to become a citizen.
- to deposit for copyright the title or description of (a book, picture, map, etc.).
- entered according to act of Congress
- (transitive, obsolete) To initiate; to introduce favourably.
- (intransitive) exit
enter (plural enters)
enter m (plural enters)
|gerund||en entant||en ayant enté|
|present perfect||Use the present tense of avoir followed by the past participle|
|pluperfect||Use the imperfect tense of avoir followed by the past participle|
|past anterior1||Use the past historic tense of avoir followed by the past participle|
|future perfect||Use the future tense of avoir followed by the past participle|
|conditional perfect||Use the conditional tense of avoir followed by the past participle|
|subjunctive||que je (j’)||que tu||qu’il||que nous||que vous||qu’ils|
|past||Use the present subjunctive of avoir followed by the past participle|
|pluperfect1||Use the imperfect subjunctive of avoir followed by the past participle|
- “enter” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
From Proto-Celtic *enter (“between”), Proto-Indo-European *h₁enter (“between”). Cognates include Celtiberian entara (“between”), Old Irish eter (“between”) (Irish idir (“between, both”)), Latin inter (“between”), Sanskrit अन्तर् (antár, “between, within, into”), Oscan 𐌀𐌍𐌕𐌄𐌓 (anter, “between”), and Old High German untar (“between”).
- Xavier Delamarre, Dictionnaire de la langue gauloise: Une approche linguistique du vieux-celtique continental, published 2003, ISBN 2-87772-237-6, page 163.
- Ranko Matasović, Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic, published 2009, ISBN 978-90-04-17336-1, page 117.
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