Definition of enter into in US English:

enter into

phrasal verb

  • 1Become involved in (an activity, situation, or matter)

    ‘they have entered into a relationship’
    • ‘Compromise allows us to enter into a win-win situation.’
    • ‘In my opinion, it was a mistake to enter into a living situation with an irresponsible person - even if he is your brother.’
    • ‘Remember we entered into this activity with the support of 30 other nations.’
    • ‘The authors of Envisioning Cnhokia attempt to remedy this situation by entering into a dialogue with those who have gone before them.’
    • ‘Copeland evidently regarded such aspirations with deep hostility and responded by entering into fascist political activity for the first time.’
    • ‘The high cost of fuel should not be an excuse to take advantage of the situation and enter into a speculative price frenzy.’
    • ‘To support their pleasures, some middle-class men entered into criminal activity.’
    • ‘Whenever a researcher enters into a secretive situation such as commercial-in-confidence research or military research, they effectively disappear from view.’
    • ‘For this reason, one should not enter into a dangerous situation without a valid reason.’
    • ‘How does the Government's obligation to enter into discussions in that situation compare with the treaty claims process?’
    participate in, engage in, enter into, join in, get involved in, go in for, throw oneself into, share in, play a part in, play a role in, be a participant in, partake in, contribute to, be associated with, associate oneself with, have a hand in, have something to do with, be party to, be a party to
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    1. 1.1 Undertake to bind oneself by (an agreement or other commitment)
      ‘the council entered into an agreement with a private firm’
      • ‘One aspect of the post-Cancun phase is that agreements entered into there are binding in law at every level of government.’
      • ‘People need to be reminded that not too long ago, married women did not have the right to own land, or the right to enter into binding legal agreements.’
      • ‘On 14 September 1972 a formal agreement was entered into between the council and the NCB, and the work went ahead.’
      • ‘Cohabiting couples have not publicly entered into legally binding agreements.’
      • ‘When we met the developers they avoided any hard questions asked, yet weeks later this council voted to enter into this agreement with them.’
      • ‘I find it quite remarkable that the council has entered into such an agreement.’
      • ‘The true nature of the contract was that which an architect enters into in any situation where he is designing a home.’
      • ‘First, behind closed doors, the council enters into partnership agreements and draws up plans.’
      • ‘They make secure their homes, families, jobs and friends and they do not undertake risk or enter into long-term commitments.’
      • ‘As a trade union official and a citizen I know the importance of honouring agreements freely entered into.’
    2. 1.2 Form part of or be a factor in.
      ‘medical ethics also enter into the question’
      • ‘It is not entirely clear what factors entered into the decision to close the station in Peru.’
      • ‘Meditation enters into almost all these activities.’
      • ‘Certain extraneous factors deserve to enter into selection of a name.’
      • ‘There are all kinds of subjective factors that enter into it.’
      • ‘The protection of the Claimants' reputations in Sudan is not a factor which enters into this equation.’
      • ‘It's also important to note that, for the first time in our Easter season, human activity enters into the picture.’
      • ‘So all these factors can enter into the capacity to resist.’
      • ‘Well, it appears that there are a number of factors that are entering into this.’
      • ‘The factor of material corruption enters into it in some cases.’
      • ‘His last speech here is not only effectively funny, but reproduces, in a stylized sort of way, a realistic bathos that enters into even the highest-stakes situations.’