As a noun, entrance means an act of entering or something that provides a way to enter something. You can make a grand entrance when you arrive at a party, as long as you can actually find the entrance.

Entrance has two pronunciations. If you put the accent on the first syllable, the word is a noun meaning the act of entering or the way into something (“an entrance to the building”). If the accent is on the second syllable, then entrance is a verb meaning “to enchant, charm, or enamor” — “You will be entranced by the movie; the scenery looks so real you will swear it is growing in the theater.”

Definitions of entrance
  1. noun

    something that provides access (to get in or get out)

    “they waited at the
    entrance to the garden”
    entranceway, entree, entry, entryway
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    arch, archway

    a passageway under a curved masonry construction
    door, doorway, room access, threshold

    the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close

    an entrance that can be closed by a gate
    hatchway, opening, scuttle

    an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship

    the entrance to a coal mine

    a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically)

    a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyard
    servant’s entrance, service door, service entrance

    an entrance intended for the use of servants or for delivery of goods and removal of refuse
    stage door

    an entrance to the backstage area of theater; used by performers and other theater personnel

    an entrance to an amphitheater or stadium
    escape hatch

    hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency
    exterior door, outside door

    a doorway that allows entrance to or exit from a building
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    access, approach

    a way of entering or leaving

  2. noun

    the act of entering

    “she made a grand
    entering, entry, incoming, ingress
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    the act of entering some territory or domain (often in large numbers)

    entrance by force or without permission or welcome

    a sudden violent entrance; a bursting in

    the act of entering
    enrollment, enrolment, registration

    the act of enrolling

    the act of entering into or through something
    admission, admittance

    the act of admitting someone to enter
    interpenetration, permeation

    mutual penetration; diffusion of each through the other
    market penetration

    the extent to which a product is recognized and bought by customers in a particular market

    the act of admitting someone again
    matric, matriculation

    admission to a group (especially a college or university)
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    the act of arriving at a certain place

  3. noun

    a movement into or inward

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    encroachment, intrusion, invasion

    any entry into an area not previously occupied
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    change of location, travel

    a movement through space that changes the location of something

  4. verb

    put into a trance

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    hypnotise, hypnotize, mesmerise, mesmerize

    induce hypnosis in

  5. verb

    attract; cause to be enamored

    becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, fascinate, trance
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    hold the attention of

    gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
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    appeal, attract

    be attractive to

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