Definition of entry in US English:



  • 1An act of going or coming in.

    ‘the door was locked, but he forced an entry’
    • ‘It was about half past six when the ‘Supreme Star’ Sarath Kumar made his 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.’
    • ‘These deaths shocked the authorities into action and a strict ban was enforced on the entry of plastic materials inside the zoo.’
    • ‘He opened the passenger door to allow her entry and closed it after she was seated.’
    • ‘The forced entry may be the result of a predetermined or notional plan to seize an airfield following or during combat operations.’
    • ‘The miscreants had reportedly made their entry through the front of the house.’
    • ‘It creaked as the gates had at his entry, and the door shut behind him, enveloping him in sudden noise.’
    • ‘It looks like there are signs of a forced entry and we are treating it as suspicious.’
    • ‘The soldiers surrounded it, knocked on the door, and politely but forcefully made their entry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When Kamal made his entry to the accompaniment of drumbeats, a frisson of excitement shot through the crowds.’
    • ‘While the crowd settled down with the initial bang, the star of the show made his entry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We were prepared for a forced entry, but then reorganized available forces to accomplish the new mission.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Then she turned on her heel and left me staring at the green door, contemplating my entry.’
    • ‘In both cases, there was no evidence of a forced entry or anything stolen from either property.’
    • ‘She stepped aside as another person made their entry.’
    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.
      • ‘Suddenly she saw the doors around the passenger entry closed up, and took note of the country it was going to.’
      • ‘On my refusing to marry the couple they went off in a vicious manner, throwing a large stone against the entry door.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The floor to ceiling front windshield serves as the primary entry and exit door.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This door was opposite the entry door and was smaller.’
      • ‘The living room melted into a study with the same hard wood floors by an elegant arched doorway directly opposite the entry door.’
      • ‘Jon and I had only walked a few feet through the doors into the entry hall before they bombarded us.’
      • ‘From his hiding place behind the entry door, he could easily see the storage tanks that the toxins were being stored in.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The fire started just inside the entry door to the basement, which was being used as a storage and workshop area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Acting as the conduit between the city and the symphony, the entry lobby bustles with energy day and night.’
      • ‘The glass will trap too much heat against the entry door and possibly damage it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Add an attractive storm door to protect the entry door and keep heat inside in the winter, and bugs out in the summer.’
      • ‘The master appeared at the foot of the two wood steps that led up to the entry of her home.’
      • ‘Hospitality begins at the front door - with an entry that greets as warmly as a hug or a hearty handshake.’
      • ‘Lush cottage-style gardens encircle the structure, and a small brick walkway leads to the front door from the arbor entry.’
      • ‘The end of the pass was no more glamorous than the entry, a red door that opened to an iron ladder.’
      • ‘They tucked their shoes under the bench and walked to the entry that led onto the rink.’
      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 The right, means, or opportunity to enter a place or be a member of something.
      ‘undocumented workers seeking entry to the United States’
      • ‘Citizens of countries who do not require a visa to enter Bulgaria should get 90-day visas upon entry.’
      • ‘The Liquor License Act states that bar staff and security have the right to refuse entry to anyone.’
      • ‘In seeking entry to Australia family members must also demonstrate good character, even if they have no desire to come to Australia themselves.’
      • ‘SIR - Keighley Town Council has had eighteen ‘confidential’ meetings, where the press and public were refused entry.’
      • ‘To shield you even more by refusing you entry or hospitality would deny your critics even the small opportunity to make their point.’
      • ‘Citizens of specific countries are restricted travel due to their national origins and are routinely denied entry visas to western nations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was also a hardened anti-communist who simultaneously refused entry to mainly left-wing refugees from the Franco fascist dictatorship in Spain.’
      • ‘Security guards, at this point, refused entry to the public, saying they had just heard that there was an emergency in the court.’
      • ‘Individuals, when recognised as travellers, are sometimes arbitrarily refused entry or access to public places and services.’
      • ‘If a landowner refuses entry, the operator can begin condemnation proceedings.’
      • ‘These are known as ‘on-entry’ cases, because they are seeking entry but have not entered.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Australian government is technically within its rights to refuse entry, but is caught between an electoral rock and a humanitarian hard place.’
      admission, admittance, entrance, access, ingress, entrée, permission to enter, right of entry, the opportunity to enter
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    4. 1.4 The action of undertaking something or becoming a member of something.
      ‘more young people are postponing their entry into full-time work’
      • ‘Ireland had benefited more than any other state from the EU and other countries seeking entry should not be denied the same opportunity.’
      • ‘A permanent league, in which its members would be guaranteed entry regardless of domestic standings, is clearly its aim.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a club, which by definition, allows entry only for its members, at a cost, for its services.’
      • ‘If you are not on the register you may be eligible to apply for entry on the supplement to the register.’
      • ‘Many of them had not undertaken even the leaving certificate or the academic entry qualifications necessary to enter university.’
      • ‘It will also have powers to carry out relevant research and advise the Education Minister on standards for entry to teacher training programmes.’
      • ‘General practitioners referred 627 depressed patients, of whom 464 were eligible for entry into the study.’
      • ‘Workers Club members will gain free entry to the course.’
      • ‘A total of 263 patients who were thought to be eligible for trial entry consented to take part.’
      • ‘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 is said that around 40 people, mainly middle-aged, attend the club and entry is restricted to members only.’
      • ‘In other words, it is perfectly legal to seek access to the onshore humanitarian programme, even if entry is unauthorised.’
      • ‘All graduates of honours Bachelor degree programmes would be eligible to apply for entry to medical education.’
      • ‘Artists will only be eligible for entry into the chart if they have never been in the UK album chart before.’
      • ‘He was now eligible for entry to the famed Japanese group!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 1.5Music The point in a piece of music at which a particular performer in an ensemble starts or resumes playing or singing.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nothing, until the fugal entries of the main theme in the winds, really takes off.’
      • ‘The concerto soloist, a distinguished cellist, made an incorrect entry, and there was some untidy wind playing.’
    6. 1.6Bridge A card providing an opportunity to transfer the lead to a particular hand.
    7. 1.7Law 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, ledger, or reference book.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We primarily had overlapping data that led to multiple entries for a given piece of information.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I continued to be online for the rest of the night and went to bed early after writing a short entry in my diary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was quite young for one who wrote such deep entries inside the book.’
    • ‘Assuming this book contains correct entries, the systems listed should share their data.’
    • ‘Then it is the transaction that constitutes the misfeasance and the journal entry might be an admission of the transaction.’
    • ‘I'm looking at a diary entry he wrote in June 1917, just before the declaration was published, though after it was written.’
    • ‘The tone of these diary entries / letters fluctuates between sorrow, desperation, affirmation, joy, remorse and guilt.’
    • ‘The defendant has produced the single line entry from the log that pertains to the representative plaintiff's claim.’
    • ‘That night, I wrote a long entry in my diary, which I had kept since I was a child (as Mama had done).’
    • ‘I spend between four and six hours every day doing something with the blogs - researching and writing new entries and posting them.’
    • ‘Reading my diary entries written before you died, I see a picture of a self-absorbed adolescent.’
    • ‘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.’
    item, record, statement, note, listing, jotting
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    1. 2.1 The action of recording an entry.
      ‘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 2003 competition attracted hundreds of entries from across the UK and Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These two are wild card entries with no chances of winning a medal at all.’
    • ‘The ten-race card on Thursday attracted only 64 entries and Friday's eight-race card drew only 54 entries.’
    • ‘And despite the interest in athletics generated by the Commonwealth Games, entries for the 2002 race have been disappointing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The accumulation of brilliant hues in simple but densely repeated geometric patterns made her entry a showstopper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The shifting regulations notwithstanding, winning entries tend musically to sound rather similar.’
    • ‘In total, it is estimated that over 5,000 youngsters have competed, and entries are increasing year on year.’
    • ‘The closing date for entries is 12 noon on Friday, December 13.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was the first of the local female entries to complete the race.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were record entries in the choir singing competitions, boosted by free workshops organised by the festival and held in local schools last year.’
    • ‘The closing date for entries is noon on Monday, June 7.’
    • ‘As it stands now, six teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs - the four division winners and two wild-card entries.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the typical Canadian high school entry was about 30 members strong and slightly out of tune.’
    • ‘Why some fell races attract 300 entries and others struggle to reach 30 runners is a mystery but race location is one factor.’
    • ‘I look forward to the opportunity of submitting my entries!’
    contestant, competitor, contender, challenger, entrant, participant, player, candidate, applicant
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    1. 3.1in singular The number of competitors in a particular race or competition.
      • ‘A huge entry is anticipated, giving a lot of entertainment free on the streets of Swinford.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A big entry is anticipated this year and the fact that the parade will fall on a Sunday should add to its success.’
      • ‘The organisers are hoping to swell the entry with first-time competitors.’
      • ‘The event attracts a large entry of international teams, including South Africa, the reigning champions, New Zealand, Canada, Zimbabwe, and Japan.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The previous record entry, in 2002, was 821 crews.’
      • ‘A picnic atmosphere prevailed and thankfully everything ran like clockwork, even with a huge entry of over 200 competitors.’
    2. 3.2 The action of participating in a race or competition.
      • ‘There is no entry fee but participants are asked to fill a sponsorship card.’
      • ‘The entry fee for a competition shouldn't buy a dancer a gold or platinum medal; the talent has to justify the award.’
      • ‘Anyone can submit a nomination for the Awards and any Asian woman is eligible for entry.’
      • ‘Indeed, most business competitions have no entry fee, though there are a handful that cost more than $200.’
      • ‘A fee of $100 is being levied to cover race expenses, entry fee and trophies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indeed, in the case just postulated, product differentiation would be an open invitation to entry and to competition.’
      • ‘The same rules apply to the Junior Competition and entry fees of £5 per team member must be paid before the competition begins.’
      • ‘I understand that people need to be compensated to jury these competitions, which is why we have entry fees.’
      • ‘It is known to his friends that the competition entry fee is all spent on prizes.’
      • ‘His racing team pays for his bike, his race entry fees and his traveling expenses.’
      • ‘The grants are supposed to pay for ‘sports costs’, such as coaching, competition entry fees, travelling, sports medicine and equipment.’
      • ‘The closing date for drama is Saturday, February 14 and the dance competitions are open for entry on the day.’
      • ‘One of the criteria for entry was that eligible projects should be ‘executed work’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Films of all durations and genres are eligible for entry, as long as they are shot or post produced on the digital format.’
      • ‘The entry fee for the competition is £50 of which £35 will be returned on fulfilment of all fixtures.’
      • ‘There is no entry fee for the competition and judging will take place between July 1 and August 31.’
      • ‘All you need to do is download the pdf's and send in an entry form, entry fee and participation agreement.’
      • ‘Any youngster under the age of 18 on July 1, 2003, is eligible and there is no entry fee for this competition.’
  • 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).