KJV Dictionary Definition: enter


EN'TER, v.t. L. inter, intra, whence intro, to enter. The L. inter seems to be in, with the termination ter, as in subter, from sub.

1. To move or pass into place, in any manner whatever; to 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.

EN'TER, v.i. To go or come in; to pass into; as, to enter a country.

1. To flow in; as, water enters into a ship.

2. To pierce; to penetrate; as, a ball or an arrow enters into the body.

3. To penetrate mentally; as, to enter into the principles of action.

4. To engage in; as, to enter into business or service; to enter into visionary projects.

5. To be initiated in; as, to enter into a taste of pleasure or magnificence.

6. To be an ingredient; to form a constituent part. Lead enters into the composition of pewter.


EN'TERED, pp. Moved in; come in; pierced; penetrated; admitted; introduced; set down in writing.


EN'TERING, ppr. Coming or going in; flowing in; piercing; penetrating; setting down in writing; enlisting; engaging.

EN'TERING, n. Entrance; a passing in. l. Thes. 1.