General English

  • noun the key on a keyboard which you press when you have finished keying something, or when you want to start a new line
  • verb to go into or to come into a place
  • verb to decide to take part in a race or competition
  • verb to write information on a book or a form, or to type information into a computer system

General Science

  • verb to write down or record something


  • verb to put data into a computer, especially by using the keyboard to type it in


Information & Library Science

  • verb to go into a room or building
  • verb to cause a computer to activate instructions


  • see stage direction.

Origin & History of “enter”

Enter comes ultimately from a Latin preposition and adverb, intrā, which meant ‘inside’ (and was formed from in ‘in’ and the suffix -trā, as in extra). this was taken as the basis of a Latin verb, intrāre ‘enter’, which passed into English via Old French entrer. Of its derivatives, entry (13th c.) has the longer history, going back to a vulgar Latin *intrāta; entrance (16th c.) is an Old French formation.