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From Latin ingressus, from the verb ingredior.


  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈɪŋɡɹɛs/
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  • (verb) IPA(key): /ɪŋˈɡɹɛs/
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    • Rhymes: -ɛs


ingress (countable and uncountable, plural ingresses)

  1. The act of entering.
    Antonym: egress
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, “In Secret”, in A Tale of Two Cities, London: Chapman and Hall, [], →OCLC, book III (The Track of a Storm), page 168:
      Looking about him while in this state of suspense, Charles Darnay observed that the gate was held by a mixed guard of soldiers and patriots, the latter far outnumbering the former; and that while ingress into the city for peasants’ carts bringing in supplies, and for similar traffic and traffickers, was easy enough, egress, even for the homeliest people, was very difficult.
    • 1886 May – 1887 April, Thomas Hardy, chapter VII, in The Woodlanders [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London, New York, N.Y.: Macmillan and Co., published 1887, →OCLC:
      Now could be beheld that change from the handsome to the curious which the features of a wood undergo at the ingress of the winter months.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, New York, N.Y.: Modern Library, →OCLC:
      I could find no means of ingress. Every window and door was fastened and locked, and I returned baffled to the porch.
    • 2005 July 22, Mark Lawson, “Public enemy number two”, in The Guardian[1], →ISSN:
      Accordingly, anti-Israeli terrorists turned to city transport. Railway systems depend on easy ingress and egress at numerous points along the route.
  2. Permission to enter.
    All ingress was prohibited.
  3. A door or other means of entering.
    Antonym: egress
  4. (astronomy) The entrance of the Moon into the shadow of the Earth in eclipses, or the Sun's entrance into a sign, etc.

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ingress (third-person singular simple present ingresses, present participle ingressing, simple past and past participle ingressed)

  1. (intransitive) To intrude or insert oneself
    • 1963, Vladimir Nabokov, The Gift: A Novel[2], page 198:
      "Were you asleep? Did I disturb you?" he would ask, seeing Fyodor flat on his back on the sofa, and then, ingressing entirely, he would shut the door tightly behind him and sit by Fyodor 's feet
    • 2001, Lynda Schor, “My Death”, in Moyra Davey, editor, Mother Reader[3], →ISBN, page 310:
      When the tub was full I ingressed into the water gently, insinuating my body in a bit at a time, enjoying the sensual pleasure of the extreme heat on the lower part of my body []
  2. (transitive, US, chiefly military) To enter (a specified location or area)
    • 1976, The United States Air Force in Southeast Asia: Aces and Aerial Victories[4], page 108:
      "We ingressed North Vietnam over Cam Pha on a westerly heading," reported Captain Madden.
    • 1998, Michael William Donnelly, Falcon's Cry[5], →ISBN, page 93:
      We were ingressing the target area.
  3. (intransitive, astrology, of a planet) To enter into a zodiacal sign
    • 1861 December 28, “Almanacs”, in All the Year Round[6], volume VI:
      The middle of March finds " Mars ingressing upon the 16th degree of Capricorn, where the sun has arrived in the nativity of Lord Palmerston," []
  4. (Whiteheadian metaphysics) To manifest or cause to be manifested in the temporal world; to effect ingression

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ingress c

  1. an opening paragraph (between a newspaper headline and the article)


Declension of ingress 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative ingress ingressen ingresser ingresserna
Genitive ingress ingressens ingressers ingressernas