Definition of entry in English:



  • 1An act of going or coming in:

    ‘the door was locked, but he forced an entry’
    • ‘Some snorkellers swam alongside a whale shark, while divers of one boat made their entry to find themselves among a welcoming committee of pilot whales.’
    • ‘A grand dame made her entry, progressing to the front row, clacking her heels all the way.’
    • ‘We were prepared for a forced entry, but then reorganized available forces to accomplish the new mission.’
    • ‘It was about half past six when the ‘Supreme Star’ Sarath Kumar made his entry.’
    • ‘While the crowd settled down with the initial bang, the star of the show made his entry.’
    • ‘The miscreants had reportedly made their entry through the front of the house.’
    • ‘Police have said that the thieves might have got in through a side door as a superintendent had locked up the unit at 6.30 pm the other way in is through the maternity ward and there were no signs of a forced entry.’
    • ‘On May 9 that year William Fitzherbert, recently restored as Archbishop of York by pope Anastatius IV, made his entry into York.’
    • ‘‘That is where the actors made their entry and exit and the tunnel still runs from below the stage to the front of the building,’ he reveals.’
    • ‘She stepped aside as another person made their entry.’
    • ‘The forced entry may be the result of a predetermined or notional plan to seize an airfield following or during combat operations.’
    • ‘He opened the passenger door to allow her entry and closed it after she was seated.’
    • ‘When Kamal made his entry to the accompaniment of drumbeats, a frisson of excitement shot through the crowds.’
    • ‘The court heard that when police went to her home they said they had to make a forced entry to arrest her after clearly warning her three times that they wanted her to open her front door.’
    • ‘The soldiers surrounded it, knocked on the door, and politely but forcefully made their entry.’
    • ‘In both cases, there was no evidence of a forced entry or anything stolen from either property.’
    • ‘It creaked as the gates had at his entry, and the door shut behind him, enveloping him in sudden noise.’
    • ‘Can such alleged moral indecency justify the forced entry into one's home without any warrant?’
    • ‘The bell over the door chimed as another person made his entry.’
    • ‘Private security personnel stood at the entrance and regulated the entry of visitors.’
    • ‘If you made your entry here, you'll probably want to top up your fuel tank and head along the string of cays leading southeast.’
    • ‘It looks like there are signs of a forced entry and we are treating it as suspicious.’
    • ‘Then she turned on her heel and left me staring at the green door, contemplating my entry.’
    • ‘These deaths shocked the authorities into action and a strict ban was enforced on the entry of plastic materials inside the zoo.’
    appearance, arrival, entrance, ingress, coming, coming in, going in, approach, introduction, materialization
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    1. 1.1 A place of entrance, such as a door or lobby:
      ‘the entry to a block of flats’
      • ‘On my refusing to marry the couple they went off in a vicious manner, throwing a large stone against the entry door.’
      • ‘When the door covers the entry, the office and library can be accessed simultaneously.’
      • ‘There was a little sign screwed into the wall by the entry door that marked it out as a Parisian hotel of character.’
      • ‘The end of the pass was no more glamorous than the entry, a red door that opened to an iron ladder.’
      • ‘The first elevator required modifying an existing entry door with a limestone surround.’
      • ‘He placed a hand on his side and stared at the small entry that led to the kitchen quarters.’
      • ‘Extending along the northern portion of the library is a glass-enclosed entry that leads the visitor up a gradual slope that enhances a spiritual feeling.’
      • ‘They tucked their shoes under the bench and walked to the entry that led onto the rink.’
      • ‘Hospitality begins at the front door - with an entry that greets as warmly as a hug or a hearty handshake.’
      • ‘Treading down the hallway from the bedroom, anxious to see what food might be available to me, I halted as a thudding came from the entry door to the apartment.’
      • ‘Lush cottage-style gardens encircle the structure, and a small brick walkway leads to the front door from the arbor entry.’
      • ‘Suddenly she saw the doors around the passenger entry closed up, and took note of the country it was going to.’
      • ‘The fire started just inside the entry door to the basement, which was being used as a storage and workshop area.’
      • ‘Jon and I had only walked a few feet through the doors into the entry hall before they bombarded us.’
      • ‘Sure enough ten minutes later they came through the door when Luke stopped at the entry of the door and all the boys were knocked over… like the domino effect.’
      • ‘Maybe she would go away after a while, but all the same he had to go upstairs and past the kiosk and the bar if he wanted to get to the entry doors.’
      • ‘The master appeared at the foot of the two wood steps that led up to the entry of her home.’
      • ‘Add an attractive storm door to protect the entry door and keep heat inside in the winter, and bugs out in the summer.’
      • ‘The living room melted into a study with the same hard wood floors by an elegant arched doorway directly opposite the entry door.’
      • ‘From his hiding place behind the entry door, he could easily see the storage tanks that the toxins were being stored in.’
      • ‘Acting as the conduit between the city and the symphony, the entry lobby bustles with energy day and night.’
      • ‘The floor to ceiling front windshield serves as the primary entry and exit door.’
      • ‘The glass will trap too much heat against the entry door and possibly damage it.’
      • ‘This door was opposite the entry door and was smaller.’
      entrance, way in, means of access, means of entry, ingress, access, approach
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    2. 1.2dialect A passage between buildings.
    3. 1.3[mass noun] The right, means, or opportunity to enter a place or be a member of something:
      ‘people seeking entry to Australia’
      • ‘The Australian government is technically within its rights to refuse entry, but is caught between an electoral rock and a humanitarian hard place.’
      • ‘Citizens of specific countries are restricted travel due to their national origins and are routinely denied entry visas to western nations.’
      • ‘Individuals, when recognised as travellers, are sometimes arbitrarily refused entry or access to public places and services.’
      • ‘She said that the decision to deny entry to members of the public was due to issues of ‘public liability insurance’ and a general need for tight security at any facility.’
      • ‘Security guards, at this point, refused entry to the public, saying they had just heard that there was an emergency in the court.’
      • ‘The Liquor License Act states that bar staff and security have the right to refuse entry to anyone.’
      • ‘I have the right to stamp Thai entry visas and therefore relieve Bulgarian citizens who used to have to go to Bucharest to get stamps from the embassy there.’
      • ‘Citizens of countries who do not require a visa to enter Bulgaria should get 90-day visas upon entry.’
      • ‘In seeking entry to Australia family members must also demonstrate good character, even if they have no desire to come to Australia themselves.’
      • ‘These are known as ‘on-entry’ cases, because they are seeking entry but have not entered.’
      • ‘If a landowner refuses entry, the operator can begin condemnation proceedings.’
      • ‘He was also a hardened anti-communist who simultaneously refused entry to mainly left-wing refugees from the Franco fascist dictatorship in Spain.’
      • ‘To shield you even more by refusing you entry or hospitality would deny your critics even the small opportunity to make their point.’
      • ‘SIR - Keighley Town Council has had eighteen ‘confidential’ meetings, where the press and public were refused entry.’
      admission, admittance, entrance, access, ingress, entrée, permission to enter, right of entry, the opportunity to enter
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    4. 1.4[mass noun] The action of entering something:
      ‘more young people are postponing their entry into full-time work’
      • ‘In other words, it is perfectly legal to seek access to the onshore humanitarian programme, even if entry is unauthorised.’
      • ‘More men than women who were eligible for entry into the study declined to be enrolled because of a concern about prosecution for driving under the influence.’
      • ‘He was now eligible for entry to the famed Japanese group!’
      • ‘Workers Club members will gain free entry to the course.’
      • ‘It's a club, which by definition, allows entry only for its members, at a cost, for its services.’
      • ‘It is said that around 40 people, mainly middle-aged, attend the club and entry is restricted to members only.’
      • ‘Many of them had not undertaken even the leaving certificate or the academic entry qualifications necessary to enter university.’
      • ‘Patients were eligible for entry to the study if they requested an appointment the same day and were able to come to the experimental session.’
      • ‘It will also have powers to carry out relevant research and advise the Education Minister on standards for entry to teacher training programmes.’
      • ‘A total of 263 patients who were thought to be eligible for trial entry consented to take part.’
      • ‘One successful approach to Sweden's problems led to its entry into the European Union in 1995, which had been approved by a referendum in 1994.’
      • ‘Ireland had benefited more than any other state from the EU and other countries seeking entry should not be denied the same opportunity.’
      • ‘All graduates of honours Bachelor degree programmes would be eligible to apply for entry to medical education.’
      • ‘All applicants must complete a test of general cognitive ability and achieve a pre-established minimum score to be considered eligible for entry into the CF.’
      • ‘If you are not on the register you may be eligible to apply for entry on the supplement to the register.’
      • ‘A permanent league, in which its members would be guaranteed entry regardless of domestic standings, is clearly its aim.’
      • ‘Artists will only be eligible for entry into the chart if they have never been in the UK album chart before.’
      • ‘General practitioners referred 627 depressed patients, of whom 464 were eligible for entry into the study.’
    5. 1.5Music The point at which a particular performer in an ensemble starts or resumes playing or singing:
      ‘a fluffed entry’
      • ‘Every now and then a graceful movement of his left arm through the air preceded his entry into the music, as though he were offering a cue to an imaginary force.’
      • ‘He proves a match for the orchestral mass, with a magisterial entry and huge singing tone.’
      • ‘King opts for slower tempos than expected, illuminating every stately arpeggio in the opening instrumental prelude until the explosive entry of the voices.’
      • ‘The concerto soloist, a distinguished cellist, made an incorrect entry, and there was some untidy wind playing.’
      • ‘Nothing, until the fugal entries of the main theme in the winds, really takes off.’
    6. 1.6Bridge A card providing an opportunity to transfer the lead to a particular hand:
      ‘the diamonds are still not established, so South must gamble on finding an extra entry to the dummy’
    7. 1.7Law [mass noun] The action of taking up the legal right to property.
      • ‘The remedies of entry into possession and the appointment of a receiver do not bring the mortgage to an end but are generally interim remedies used primarily to protect the security.’
      • ‘They agreed to do certain things, then there was a lease, and there was entry into possession.’
  • 2An item written or printed in a diary, list, account book, or reference book:

    ‘the entries in the cash book’
    • ‘Reading my diary entries written before you died, I see a picture of a self-absorbed adolescent.’
    • ‘They can set up custom reports, forms and letters and make diary entries for individual users, based on any date related information such as a reminder to return all appraisal forms by the due date.’
    • ‘The tone of these diary entries / letters fluctuates between sorrow, desperation, affirmation, joy, remorse and guilt.’
    • ‘The entries appeared between detailed entries for 6th March 1996 and 22nd August 1996.’
    • ‘The diary entries give the book a personal touch and show the generals' emotional reactions to key events.’
    • ‘The first entry is dated 1993, but the bulk is from the autumn of 1994 onwards.’
    • ‘Here's a link to the entry where we introduce the photo album.’
    • ‘I continued to be online for the rest of the night and went to bed early after writing a short entry in my diary.’
    • ‘We primarily had overlapping data that led to multiple entries for a given piece of information.’
    • ‘It occurs to me that my user info should be almost like an introductory entry, rather than the haphazard mess I typed in as I signed up.’
    • ‘He was in difficulty because there was no transaction, there were only book entries and accounts made after liquidation.’
    • ‘Then it is the transaction that constitutes the misfeasance and the journal entry might be an admission of the transaction.’
    • ‘I spend between four and six hours every day doing something with the blogs - researching and writing new entries and posting them.’
    • ‘The defendant has produced the single line entry from the log that pertains to the representative plaintiff's claim.’
    • ‘She was quite young for one who wrote such deep entries inside the book.’
    • ‘That night, I wrote a long entry in my diary, which I had kept since I was a child (as Mama had done).’
    • ‘Students may write a newspaper account for the local paper describing their adventures, or they could write a diary entry in the voice of a person from that time period.’
    • ‘I'm looking at a diary entry he wrote in June 1917, just before the declaration was published, though after it was written.’
    • ‘I hope to write a bit about the good TV stuff in a later entry, as I think there are a number of items worth mentioning.’
    • ‘Assuming this book contains correct entries, the systems listed should share their data.’
    item, record, statement, note, listing, jotting
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    1. 2.1[mass noun] The action of recording an item in a diary, list, etc.:
      ‘sophisticated features to help ensure accurate data entry’
      • ‘Cashing a check can take up to 45 minutes because of the multiple book entries, checks, and rechecks that a battery of clerks perform manually.’
      • ‘A grand jury has indicted him on seven charges in total, including bank fraud, false entry in bank records, and aiding and abetting.’
      • ‘A Web-based interface was developed and is being used for data entry of surrogate records from multiple locations.’
      recording, noting, filing, registering, archiving, logging, taking down, setting down, documenting, documentation, capture
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  • 3A person or thing competing in a race or competition:

    ‘from the hundreds of entries we received, twelve winners were finally chosen’
    • ‘The club received more than 150 entries from their competition to design a new badge, with fans invited to vote on the best three as selected by the club's marketing taskforce.’
    • ‘She was the first of the local female entries to complete the race.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the typical Canadian high school entry was about 30 members strong and slightly out of tune.’
    • ‘The 2003 competition attracted hundreds of entries from across the UK and Europe.’
    • ‘And despite the interest in athletics generated by the Commonwealth Games, entries for the 2002 race have been disappointing.’
    • ‘In the seven years since Mee fought for the race to be revived entries have fallen from a peak of 3,000-plus down to around about 800.’
    • ‘The shifting regulations notwithstanding, winning entries tend musically to sound rather similar.’
    • ‘I look forward to the opportunity of submitting my entries!’
    • ‘The closing date for entries is noon on Monday, June 7.’
    • ‘Over two weeks before race day over 300 entries had been received, no doubt boosted by the availability of the increasingly popular method of on-line entering for the first time this year.’
    • ‘He said his organisation was delighted at the huge response to the awareness campaign and that the competition had received entries from all over the country.’
    • ‘These two are wild card entries with no chances of winning a medal at all.’
    • ‘In total, it is estimated that over 5,000 youngsters have competed, and entries are increasing year on year.’
    • ‘The competition drew hundreds of entries from around Australia, with the only criteria being to capture a positive moment between a child and their father or other significant male.’
    • ‘As it stands now, six teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs - the four division winners and two wild-card entries.’
    • ‘The ten-race card on Thursday attracted only 64 entries and Friday's eight-race card drew only 54 entries.’
    • ‘The closing date for entries is 12 noon on Friday, December 13.’
    • ‘There were record entries in the choir singing competitions, boosted by free workshops organised by the festival and held in local schools last year.’
    • ‘Why some fell races attract 300 entries and others struggle to reach 30 runners is a mystery but race location is one factor.’
    • ‘The accumulation of brilliant hues in simple but densely repeated geometric patterns made her entry a showstopper.’
    contestant, competitor, contender, challenger, entrant, participant, player, candidate, applicant
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    1. 3.1[in singular] The number of competitors in a particular race or competition:
      ‘another large international entry is anticipated for this year's event’
      • ‘A picnic atmosphere prevailed and thankfully everything ran like clockwork, even with a huge entry of over 200 competitors.’
      • ‘The previous record entry, in 2002, was 821 crews.’
      • ‘A big entry is anticipated this year and the fact that the parade will fall on a Sunday should add to its success.’
      • ‘The event attracts a large entry of international teams, including South Africa, the reigning champions, New Zealand, Canada, Zimbabwe, and Japan.’
      • ‘The organisers are hoping to swell the entry with first-time competitors.’
      • ‘A total entry of 34 competitors played in the competition and the adults probably learned a few tips about the finer points of the game.’
      • ‘Due to the mammoth entry the competitors were allowed a massive seven and a half hours to complete the two laps of 16 sections, as queuing at sections became very much the order of the day.’
      • ‘A huge entry is anticipated, giving a lot of entertainment free on the streets of Swinford.’
    2. 3.2[mass noun] The action of participating in a race or competition:
      ‘entry is open to people of all ages’
      [as modifier] ‘the entry fee is only £6 per team’
      • ‘Indeed, in the case just postulated, product differentiation would be an open invitation to entry and to competition.’
      • ‘One of the criteria for entry was that eligible projects should be ‘executed work’.’
      • ‘I understand that people need to be compensated to jury these competitions, which is why we have entry fees.’
      • ‘The entry fee for the competition is £50 of which £35 will be returned on fulfilment of all fixtures.’
      • ‘A fee of $100 is being levied to cover race expenses, entry fee and trophies.’
      • ‘The grants are supposed to pay for ‘sports costs’, such as coaching, competition entry fees, travelling, sports medicine and equipment.’
      • ‘The competition entry fee is £1.50 in addition to normal phone charge, and entrants can send up to 20 text messages on any one number.’
      • ‘Any youngster under the age of 18 on July 1, 2003, is eligible and there is no entry fee for this competition.’
      • ‘His racing team pays for his bike, his race entry fees and his traveling expenses.’
      • ‘Indeed, most business competitions have no entry fee, though there are a handful that cost more than $200.’
      • ‘The closing date for drama is Saturday, February 14 and the dance competitions are open for entry on the day.’
      • ‘The award is worth E30,000 and includes a week at a major European Rally School, a free competition licence, free entry fees and free road insurance for a year.’
      • ‘All you need to do is download the pdf's and send in an entry form, entry fee and participation agreement.’
      • ‘The entry fee for a competition shouldn't buy a dancer a gold or platinum medal; the talent has to justify the award.’
      • ‘There is no entry fee but participants are asked to fill a sponsorship card.’
      • ‘Anyone can submit a nomination for the Awards and any Asian woman is eligible for entry.’
      • ‘The same rules apply to the Junior Competition and entry fees of £5 per team member must be paid before the competition begins.’
      • ‘There is no entry fee for the competition and judging will take place between July 1 and August 31.’
      • ‘It is known to his friends that the competition entry fee is all spent on prizes.’
      • ‘Films of all durations and genres are eligible for entry, as long as they are shot or post produced on the digital format.’
  • 4The forward part of a ship's hull below the waterline, considered in terms of breadth or narrowness.

    • ‘With fine entries and tumblehome sterns, the boat may look like a canoe when viewed from a distance, but any similarities end there.’


Middle English: from Old French entree, based on Latin intrata, feminine past participle of intrare (see enter).