- First Reference: Genesis 12:11
- Last Reference: Revelation 22:14
- Included in Eastons: No
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: No
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
- Included in BDB: Yes
EN'TER, verb transitive [Latin inter, intra, whence intro, to enter The Latin inter seems to be in, with the termination ter, as in subter, from sub.]
1. To move or pass into place, in any manner whatever; to come or go in; to walk or ride in; to flow in; to pierce or penetrate. A man enters a house; an army enters a city or a camp; a river enters the sea; a sword enters the body; the air enters a room at every crevice.
2. To advance into, in the progress of life; as, a youth has entered his tenth year.
3. To begin in a business, employment or service; to enlist or engage in; as, the soldier entered the service at eighteen years of age.
4. To become a member of; as, to enter college; to enter a society.
5. To admit or introduce; as, the youth was entered a member of College.
6. To set down in writing; to set an account in a book or register; as, the clerk entered the account or charge in the journal; he entered debt and credit at the time.
7. To set down, as a name; to enroll; as, to enter a name in the enlistment.
8. To lodge a manifest of goods at the custom-house, and gain admittance or permission to land; as, to enter goods. We say also, to enter a ship at the custom-house.
EN'TER, verb intransitive To go or come in; to pass into; as, to enter a country.
1. To flow in; as, water enters into a ship.
2. To pierce; to penetrate; as, a ball or an arrow enters into the body.
3. To penetrate mentally; as, to enter into the principles of action.
4. To engage in; as, to enter into business or service; to enter into visionary projects.
5. To be initiated in; as, to enter into a taste of pleasure or magnificence.
6. To be an ingredient; to form a constituent part. Lead enters into the composition of pewter.
EN'TERDEAL, noun Mutual dealing. [Not in use.]
EN'TERED, participle passive Moved in; come in; pierced; penetrated; admitted; introduced; set down in writing.
EN'TERING, participle present tense Coming or going in; flowing in; piercing; penetrating; setting down in writing; enlisting; engaging.
EN'TERING, noun Entrance; a passing in. Latin Thes. 1.
ENTERLACE, [See Interlace.]
EN'TEROCELE, noun [Gr. intestine, and tumor.] In surgery, intestinal hernia; a rupture of the intestines.
ENTEROL'OGY, noun [Gr. intestine, and discourse.] A treatise or discourse on the bowels or internal parts of the body, usually including the contents of the head, breast and belly.
ENTEROM'PHALOS, noun [Gr. intestine, and navel.] Navel rupture; umbilical rupture.
ENTERP'ARLANCE, noun Parley; mutual talk or conversation; conference.
ENTERPLEAD, [See Interplead.]
EN'TERPRISE, noun s as z. That which is undertaken, or attempted to be performed; an attempt; a project attempted; particularly, a bold, arduous or hazardous undertaking, either physical or moral. The attack on Stoney-Point was a bold, but successful enterprise The attempts to evangelize the heathen are noble enterprises.
Their hands cannot perform their enterprise Job 5:12.
EN'TERPRISE, verb transitive To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform.
The business must be enterprised this night.
EN'TERPRISED, participle passive Undertaken; attempted; essayed.
EN'TERPRISER, noun An adventurer; one who undertakes any projected scheme, especially a bold or hazardous one; a person who engages in important or dangerous designs.
EN'TERPRISING, participle present tense Undertaking, especially a bold design.
1. Bold or forward to undertake; resolute, active, or prompt to attempt great or untried schemes. enterprising men often succeed beyond all human probability.
Entertainments, "feasts," were sometimes connected with a public festival (Deuteronomy 16:11, 14), and accompanied by offerings (1 Samuel 9:13), in token of alliances (Genesis 26:30); sometimes in connection with domestic or social events, as at the weaning of children (Genesis 21:8), at weddings (Genesis 29:22; John 2:1), on birth-days (Matthew 14:6), at the time of sheep-shearing (2 Samuel 13:23), and of vintage (Judges 9:27), and at funerals (2 Samuel 3:35; Jeremiah 16:7).
The guests were invited by servants (Proverbs 9:3; Matthew 22:3), who assigned them their respective places (1 Samuel 9:22; Luke 14:8; Mark 12:39). Like portions were sent by the master to each guest (1 Samuel 1:4; 2 Samuel 6:19), except when special honour was intended, when the portion was increased (Genesis 43:34).
The Israelites were forbidden to attend heathenish sacrificial entertainments (Exodus 34:15), because these were in honour of false gods, and because at such feast they would be liable to partake of unclean flesh (1 Corinthians 10:28).
In the entertainments common in apostolic times among the Gentiles were frequent "revellings," against which Christians were warned (Romans 13:13; Galatians 5:21; 1 Peter 4:3). (See BANQUET.)
ENTERTA'IN, verb transitive [Latin tenco.]
1. To receive into the house and treat with hospitality, either at the table only, or with lodging also.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2.
2. To treat with conversation; to amuse or instruct by discourse; properly, to engage the attention and retain the company of one, by agreeable conversation, discourse or argument. The advocate entertained his audience an hour, with sound argument and brilliant displays of eloquence.
3. To keep in one's service; to maintain. He entertained ten domestics.
You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred.
[This original and French sense is obsolete or little used.]
4. To keep, hold or maintain in the mind with favor; to reserve in the mind; to harbor; to cherish. Let us entertain the most exalted views of the Divine character. It is our duty to entertain charitable sentiments towards our fellow men.
5. To maintain; to support; as, to entertain a hospital.
6. To please; to amuse; to divert. David entertained himself with the meditation of God's law. Idle men entertain themselves with trifles.
7. To treat; to supply with provisions and liquors, or with provisions and lodging, for reward. The innkeeper entertains a great deal of company.
ENTERTA'IN, noun Entertainment. [Not in use.]
ENTERTA'INED, participle passive Received with hospitality, as a guest; amused; pleased and engaged; kept in the mind; retained.
ENTERTA'INER, noun He who entertains; he who received company with hospitality, or for reward.
1. He who retains others in his service.
2. He that amuses, pleases or diverts.
ENTERTA'INING, participle present tense Receiving with hospitality; receiving and treating with provisions and accommodations, for reward; keeping or cherishing with favor; engaging the attention; amusing.
1. Pleasing; amusing; diverting; as an entertaining discourse; an entertaining friend.
ENTERTA'ININGLY, adverb In an amusing manner.
ENTERTA'INMENT, noun The receiving and accommodating of guests, either with or without reward. The hospitable man delights in the entertainment of his friends.
1. Provisions of the table; hence also, a feast; a superb dinner or supper.
2. The amusement, pleasure or instruction, derived from conversation, discourse, argument, oratory, music, dramatic performances, etc.; the pleasure which the mind receives from any thing interesting, and which holds or arrests the attention. We often have rich entertainment in the conversation of a learned friend.
3. Reception; admission.
4. The state of being in pay or service. [Not used.]
5. Payment of those retained in service.
6. That which entertains; that which serves for amusement; the lower comedy; farce.
ENTERTIS'SUED, adjective Interwoven; having various colors intermixed.