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INS

or I.N.S.

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  1. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
  2. International News Service, a news-gathering agency: merged in 1958 with United Press to form United Press International.
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in

[in]
preposition
  1. (used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits): walking in the park.
  2. (used to indicate inclusion within something abstract or immaterial): in politics; in the autumn.
  3. (used to indicate inclusion within or occurrence during a period or limit of time): in ancient times; a task done in ten minutes.
  4. (used to indicate limitation or qualification, as of situation, condition, relation, manner, action, etc.): to speak in a whisper; to be similar in appearance.
  5. (used to indicate means): sketched in ink; spoken in French.
  6. (used to indicate motion or direction from outside to a point within) into: Let's go in the house.
  7. (used to indicate transition from one state to another): to break in half.
  8. (used to indicate object or purpose): speaking in honor of the event.
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adverb
  1. in or into some place, position, state, relation, etc.: Please come in.
  2. on the inside; within.
  3. in one's house or office.
  4. in office or power.
  5. in possession or occupancy.
  6. having the turn to play, as in a game.
  7. Baseball. (of an infielder or outfielder) in a position closer to home plate than usual; short: The third baseman played in, expecting a bunt.
  8. on good terms; in favor: He's in with his boss, but he doubts it will last.
  9. in vogue; in style: He says straw hats will be in this year.
  10. in season: Watermelons will soon be in.
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adjective
  1. located or situated within; inner; internal: the in part of a mechanism.
  2. Informal.
    1. in favor with advanced or sophisticated people; fashionable; stylish: the in place to dine; Her new novel is the in book to read this summer.
    2. comprehensible only to a special or ultrasophisticated group: an in joke.
  3. well-liked; included in a favored group.
  4. inward; incoming; inbound: an in train.
  5. plentiful; available.
  6. being in power, authority, control, etc.: a member of the in party.
  7. playing the last nine holes of an eighteen-hole golf course (opposed to out): His in score on the second round was 34.
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noun
  1. Usually ins. persons in office or political power (distinguished from outs).
  2. a member of the political party in power: The election made him an in.
  3. pull or influence; a social advantage or connection: He's got an in with the senator.
  4. (in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) a return or service that lands within the in-bounds limits of a court or section of a court (opposed to out).
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verb (used with object), inned, in·ning. British Dialect.
  1. to enclose.
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Idioms
  1. be in for, to be bound to undergo something, especially a disagreeable experience: We are in for a long speech.
  2. in for it, Slang. about to suffer chastisement or unpleasant consequences, especially of one's own actions or omissions: I forgot our anniversary again, and I'll be in for it now.Also British, for it.
  3. in that, because; inasmuch as: In that you won't have time for supper, let me give you something now.
  4. in with, on friendly terms with; familiar or associating with: They are in with all the important people.
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Origin of in

before 900; 1925–30 for def 28; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German, Dutch, Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Gothic in, Old Norse ī, Latin in, Greek en, Lithuanian į

ins.

  1. inches.
  2. Chiefly British. inscribed.
  3. inspector.
  4. insulated.
  5. insurance.
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Examples from the Web for ins

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Historical Examples

  • It would take too long and I don't know the ins and outs of it, anyway.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Mind as you're not ower keen at seein' the ins and oots o' that pewter.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Then I'll be a Lance in a year—knowin' what I know about the ins an' outs o' things.

  • We can discuss all the ins and outs some day when this is all over.

    The Best Made Plans

    Everett B. Cole

  • He gave the ins and outs of some of the misdemeanours of which he stood accused.

    The heart of happy hollow

    Paul Laurence Dunbar


British Dictionary definitions for ins

INS

abbreviation for
  1. International News Service
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In

the chemical symbol for
  1. indium
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IN

abbreviation for
  1. Indiana
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ins.

abbreviation for
  1. inches
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in1

preposition
  1. inside; withinno smoking in the auditorium
  2. at a place where there islying in the shade; walking in the rain
  3. indicating a state, situation, or conditionin a deep sleep; standing in silence
  4. before or when (a period of time) has elapsedcome back in one year
  5. using (a language, etc) as a means of communicationwritten in code
  6. concerned or involved with, esp as an occupationin journalism
  7. expressing a ratio, proportion, or probabilityone in five boys
  8. while or by performing the action of; as a consequence of or by means ofin crossing the street he was run over
  9. used to indicate goal or purposein honour of the president
  10. (used of certain animals) about to give birth to; pregnant with (specified offspring)in foal; in calf
  11. a variant of into she fell in the water; he tore the paper in two
  12. have it in one (often foll by an infinitive) to have the ability (to do something)
  13. in it Australian informal joining in; taking part
  14. in that or in so far as (conjunction) because or to the extent that; inasmuch asI regret my remark in that it upset you
  15. nothing in it no difference or interval between two things
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adverb (particle)
  1. in or into a particular place; inward or indoorscome in; bring him in
  2. so as to achieve office, power, or authoritythe Conservatives got in at the last election
  3. so as to encloseblock in; cover in a hole
  4. (in certain games) so as to take one's turn or one's team's turn at a certain aspect of the play; taking one's inningsyou have to get the other side out before you go in
  5. British (of a fire) alightdo you keep the fire in all night?
  6. (in combination) indicating an activity or gathering, esp one organized to protest against somethingteach-in; work-in
  7. in at present at (the beginning, end, etc)
  8. in between between
  9. in for about to be affected by (something, esp something unpleasant)you're in for a shock
  10. in on acquainted with or sharing inI was in on all his plans
  11. in with associated with; friendly with; regarded highly by
  12. have it in for or have got it in for informal to wish or intend harm towards
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adjective
  1. (stressed) fashionable; modishthe in thing to do
  2. NZ competingyou've got to be in to win
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noun
  1. ins and outs intricacies or complications; detailsthe ins and outs of a computer system
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Word Origin

Old English; compare Old High German in, Welsh yn, Old Norse ī, Latin in, Greek en

in2

the internet domain name for
  1. India
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Word Origin and History for ins

in

Old English in (prep.) "in, into, upon, on, at, among; about, during;" inne (adv.) "within, inside," from Proto-Germanic *in (cf. Old Frisian, Dutch, German, Gothic in, Old Norse i), from PIE *en "in" (cf. Greek en, Latin in "in, into," Old Irish in, Welsh yn-, Old Church Slavonic on-). As an adjective from 1590s.

The forms merged in Middle English. Modern sense distinction between in and on is from later Middle English. Sense of "holding power" (the in party) first recorded c.1600; that of "exclusive" (the in-crowd, an in-joke) is from 1907 (in-group); that of "stylish, fashionable" (the in thing) is from 1960. The noun sense of "influence, access" (have an in with) first recorded 1929 in American English. In-and-out "copulation" is attested from 1610s.

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ins in Medicine

In

  1. The symbol for the elementindium

ins in Science

In


Idioms and Phrases with ins

in

In addition to the idioms beginning with in, also see under out of