› to begin taking part in a particular market or area of business: enter a market/business This ruling should make it easier for first-time buyers to enter the housing market (= to buy a property for the first time).
› IT to put information into a computer: At the prompt, please enter a valid email address.enter data/information (into sth) All information is entered into a database and analyzed for patterns.
› ACCOUNTING to write information into an account book, a list, etc.: All customer payments must be entered into the accounts book at the time of purchase. Before the meeting, the number of hours requested from each department is entered onto the spreadsheet opposite each project.
› if people or goods enter a country or region, they arrive there: Legitimate visa holders should be allowed to enter and leave the country, and to apply for a renewal of their visa while still in America. All cargo vessels entering the port are stopped and inspected.
› to begin a period of time: enter an era/a phase/a cycle The company entered a new era today with its first pre-tax profit. Now is not the time to buy, just as we are entering a recession. The country's economy is entering its eighth year of uninterrupted growth.
› to start working in a particular type of job, or to become a member of a particular organization: Now is a peak time for young people to enter the profession.
› to officially make an agreement or begin a discussion with another person or organization: enter a contract/agreement/partnership The two companies plan to enter a joint distribution agreement to distribute the products in their respective markets. enter discussions/talks with sb
enter the fray › to begin to take part in a competitive situation: The rumoured interest of a US venture capitalist triggered speculation that a rival could enter the fray.
enter a plea of guilty/not guilty › LAW to officially state that you are guilty/not guilty of a crime in a court of law
enter service › to begin to be used for the first time: The A380 - the world's biggest passenger jet - entered service in 2006.