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"enter" in American English

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 us   /ˈen·tər/
  • enter verb (GO IN)

[I/T] to come or go into a ​place: [T] The ​orchestra entered the ​hall. [T] He entered a ​shelter for the ​homeless. [I] Half of the museum’s visitors are ​children who enter for ​free. [I/T] To enter is also to be ​admitted to or ​become a ​member of an ​organization: [I] He entered the ​army at the ​age of 18.
  • enter verb (BEGIN)

[I/T] to ​begin or ​becomeinvolved in something: [T] The ​presidentmaintained we were about to enter a ​period of ​unprecedentedeconomicgrowth. [I] She entered into an ​exclusivecontract with an ​internationalsportsshoecompany.
  • enter verb (RECORD)

[T] to make a ​record of something; ​list: Did you enter ​yournames in the ​guestbook? Use this ​computer to enter the ​data. He was entered (= ​listedofficially as taking ​part) in the ​shot put and ​discusevents. [T] law To enter is to make something, such as a ​statement or a ​piece of ​evidence, a ​part of the ​officialrecord: He entered a ​plea of not ​guilty.
(Definition of enter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"enter" in British English

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uk   /ˈen.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
  • enter verb (PLACE)

A2 [I or T] to come or go into a ​particularplace: The ​police entered (the ​building) through/by the ​sidedoor. You will ​begin to ​feelsleepy as the ​drug enters the bloodstream.

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  • enter verb (COMPETITION)

B1 [I or T] to be ​included in a ​competition, ​race, or ​exam, or to ​arrange for someone ​else to do this: Both men have been entered for/in the 100 ​metres in Paris next ​month. All three ​companies have entered the race to ​develop a new ​system. Are you going to enter the ​photography competition?

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  • enter verb (INFORMATION)

B1 [T] to put ​information into a ​computer, ​book, or ​document: You have to enter a password to ​access the ​database. [T] formal to make a ​particulartype of ​statementofficially: The ​prisoner entered a plea of not ​guilty.

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  • enter verb (ORGANIZATION)

[T] to ​become a ​member of a ​particularorganization, or to ​startworking in a ​particulartype of ​job: Ms Doughty entered politics/Parliament after a ​career in ​banking.

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enternoun [S]

uk   /ˈen.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
the ​key on a ​computerkeyboard that is used to say that the words or ​numbers on the ​screen are ​correct, or to say that an ​instruction should be ​performed, or to ​move down a ​line on the ​screen: Move the ​cursor to where it says "New File" and ​press enter.
(Definition of enter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"enter" in Business English

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enterverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈentər/
to begin taking ​part in a particular ​market or ​area of ​business: enter a market/business This ​ruling should make it easier for ​first-timebuyers to enter the ​housingmarket (= to ​buy a ​property for the first ​time).
IT to put ​information into a ​computer: At the ​prompt, please enter a ​validemailaddress.enter data/information (into sth) All ​information is entered into a ​database and ​analyzed for ​patterns.
ACCOUNTING to write ​information into an ​accountbook, a ​list, etc.: All ​customerpayments must be entered into the ​accountsbook at the ​time of ​purchase. Before the ​meeting, the ​number of ​hoursrequested from each ​department is entered onto the ​spreadsheetopposite each ​project.
if ​people or ​goods enter a country or ​region, they arrive there: Legitimate ​visaholders should be ​allowed to enter and ​leave the country, and to ​apply for a ​renewal of their ​visa while still in America. All ​cargovessels 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 ​startworking in a particular ​type of ​job, or to become a ​member of a particular ​organization: Now is a ​peaktime 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 ​companiesplan to enter a ​jointdistributionagreement to ​distribute the ​products in their respective ​markets. enter discussions/​talks with sb
enter the fray to begin to take ​part in a ​competitivesituation: The ​rumouredinterest of a US ​venturecapitalisttriggeredspeculation that a ​rival could enter the fray.
enter a plea of guilty/not guilty LAW to ​officiallystate 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.
Phrasal verbs

enternoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈentər/ IT
one of the set of ​movingparts that you ​press with your fingers on a ​computer when you have ​typed an ​instruction or want to ​start a new ​line: Type in the ​data and then ​press enter.
(Definition of enter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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