In the sentence below, are the verbs "to break" and "to enter in" synonyms?

Issue #7 breaks new ground that was untouched by the video game.


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    No. "Break new ground " is a metaphor -- it implies plowing an unplowed field (as a farmer might). The meaning it to enter some new field of endeavor that was previously not "plowed" by anyone.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 21, 2015 at 14:46

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The verb "enter" is more broadly used as a "transitive verb" that doesn't require a preposition.

"To break new ground" means "to enter uncharted territory" which means:

an activity or subject that people do not know anything about or have not experienced before: 'Genetic engineers are entering uncharted territory

[Macmillan Online Dictionary] '.

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