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enter (up)on (something)

1. Literally, to enter some thing or place as something is happening. Apparently, we entered upon an argument when we arrived late to the family dinner. The teachers were shocked to enter upon a food fight in the cafeteria.
2. To begin or start a course of action. When do you guys enter on your journey?
3. To gain possession or ownership of something. I entered on the property after the landlord agreed to sell it to me.
4. To start thinking about something. In today's meeting, we're going to enter on the issue of job vacancies in our department.
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enter (up)on something

 
1. . to come in at a particular point as marked by something. We entered the theater upon the most delicate point of the story. Weenteredon thetail end of a live scene.
2. to begin something. Todd entered upon a new phase of his life. He entered on the management of a new project.
See also: enter, on

enter on

Also, enter upon. Set out, begin, as in We are entering on a new era, or They entered upon the most difficult part of the research. [Early 1600s]
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enter on

v.
1. To begin or set out on something: With the assassination of the prime minister, the country entered on four years of civil unrest.
2. To begin considering something; take up something: After approving the budget proposal, the committee entered on the problem of raising taxes.
3. To take possession of something: When my uncle passed away, I entered on his estate and began managing the family business.
See also: enter, on

enter upon

v.
To begin or set out on something: We have entered upon a challenging period in our lives.
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Article 213 stipulates that Commission members "when entering upon their duties they shall give a solemn undertaking that, both during and after their term of office, they will respect the obligations arising therefrom and in particular their duty to behave with integrity and discretion as regards the acceptance, after they have ceased to hold office, of certain appointments or benefits.
If the relationship between the groups is really positive, as Bishop Tonnos says it is, then Catholics should accept moderator Phipps' claim that he is entering upon a theological debate, and respond to it.
Just when the urbanization of the western world was entering upon its state of rapid development, and when the most delicate, anxious consideration of the aesthetic qualities of the new material environment was requisite, the doctrine of the irrelevance of those ideas was at its height.
In the first place, Laarhoven seriously questions the validity of the historical evidence, based solely upon Spanish source material, that accepts the Maguindanao sultanate as entering upon a prolonged period of decline following the death of Sultan Kudrat in 1671.
Before entering upon so grave a matter as the destruction of our national fabric, with all its benefits, its memories, and its hopes, would it not be wise to ascertain precisely why we do it?
The researchers realize that they are entering upon relatively uncharted waters, despite the close evolutionary link between human beings and chimpanzees.
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Its aim was to provide financial support to local people under the age of 21 in apprenticeships or 'towards the cost of the outfit on entering upon a trade or occupation, or into service'.