a) (I, T) to go or come into a place: Silence fell as I entered the room. | Adie was one of the few reporters who had dared to enter the war zone.
b) (T) if an object enters part of something, it goes inside it: The bullet had entered his brain through the back of his skull.
2 START WORKING (I, T) to start working in a particular profession or organization: Andrea is studying law as a preparation for entering politics. | He entered the Church as a young man.
3 START TO TAKE PART IN (T) to start to take part in an activity, for example a course or a game: Her doctor recommended that she enter a drug treatment program.
a) to put information into a computer by pressing the keys: If a command is entered incorrectly, the machine will not recognize it.
b) if you enter a computer system, you are given permission to use it by the computer
5 WRITE INFORMATION (T) to write information on a particular part of a form, document etc: Enter your name in the space provided.
6 COMPETITION/EXAMINATION (I, T) to arrange to take part in a race, competition, examination etc, or to arrange for someone else to take part: I've entered you and Dan in the sack race.
a) to begin a period of time when something happens: The economy entered a period of recession in the mid 1980s.
b) enter its third week/sixth day/second year etc if something enters its third week, its sixth day etc, it continues for a third week, a sixth day etc: The talks have now entered their third week.
8 it never entered my mind/head spoken used when you are very surprised by what has happened: It never entered my head that he would have a gun.
9 CHANGE (T) if a particular quality enters something, it starts to exist in it and change it, especially suddenly: A note of panic entered her voice.
10 enter sb's life if someone or something enters your life, you start to know them or be affected by them: By the time Angie entered his life, he was almost 30.
11 START DISCUSSING (T) to start to discuss or study a particular subject: Here we enter a disputed and delicate area of the law.
12 enter a plea of guilty/not guilty law to say that you are guilty or not guilty of a particular crime in a court
13 enter an offer/complaint/objection etc formal to officially make an offer, complaint etc
enter into sth phrasal verb (T)
1 to start doing something, especially discussing or studying something: This is not the place to enter into a detailed discussion of economic policy.
2 to affect a situation and be something that you must consider when you make a choice: Money doesn't enter into it - it's the principle I object to.
3 enter into an agreement/contract etc formal to officially make an agreement to do something
4 enter into the spirit of it/things to take part in a game, party etc in an eager way
enter upon sth phrasal verb (T) formal to start doing something or being involved in it

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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