Definition for EN'TER

EN'TER, v.t. [Fr. entrer, from entre, between, L. inter, intra, whence intro, to enter; It. entrare; Sp. entrar. The L. inter seems to be in, with the termination ter, as in subter, from sub.]

  1. To move or pass into a place, in any manner whatever; come or go in; to walk or ride in; to flow in; to pierce or penetrate. A man enters a house; an army enters a city or a camp; a river enters the sea; a sword enters the body; the air enters a room at every crevice.
  2. To advance into, in the progress of life; as, a youth has entered his tenth year.
  3. To begin in a business, employment or service; to enlist or engage in; as, the soldier entered the service at eighteen years of age.
  4. To become a member of; as, to enter college; to enter a society.
  5. To admit or introduce; as, the youth was entered a member of college.
  6. To set down in writing; to set an account in a book or register; as, the clerk entered the account or charge in the journal; he entered debt and credit at the time.
  7. To set down, as a name; to enroll; as, to enter a name in the enlistment.
  8. To lodge a manifest of goods at the custom house, and gain admittance or permission to land; as, to enter goods. We say also, to enter a ship at the custom house.

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