Definition of enter on/upon in English:

enter on/upon

phrasal verb

  • 1formal Begin (an activity or job); start to pursue (a particular course in life)

    ‘he entered upon a turbulent political career’
    • ‘Nations, bordering on the already infected countries, began to enter upon serious plans for the better keeping out of the enemy.’
    • ‘She entered on the works with remarkable zest and activity, and rapidly accomplished her self-imposed task to the great admiration of the onlookers.’
    • ‘The government has entered on a collision course with the education community over its new law to reform the university system.’
    • ‘Here, as before, the stress seems to be upon personal dedication, the manner and frame of mind in which a certain course is entered upon and sustained.’
    • ‘It was also intended to build an Institute to ‘benefit those who are older in years or who have sufficient energy to enter upon a course of self-improvement’.’
    begin, start, move into, go into, enter on
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  • 2Law
    (as a legal entitlement) go freely into (property) as or as if the owner.

    ‘the tenant shall have licence to enter upon the premises’
    • ‘The grantee of a right of way has a right to enter upon the grantor's land over which the way extends for the purpose of making the grant effective.’
    • ‘It prohibits the appellant from entering on the property of the specified persons for any reason whatsoever.’
    • ‘In addition, these minutes permitted the plaintiff to enter upon their property, at the lakefront, from time to time, for the purpose of painting, sketching and drawing the landscape.’
    • ‘The position of my client was that he deliberately did not terminate the lease so as to ensure she had a legal capacity to enter upon the land.’
    • ‘On 12 August 1993 the appellants gave notice of their entitlement to enter on the site, and on 27 August 1993 they gave further notice that they would take possession of the plant on 31 August 1993.’