to the inside of; in toward: He walked into the room. The train chugged into the station.
toward or in the direction of: going into town.
to a point of contact with; against: backed into a parked car.
(used to indicate insertion or immersion in): plugged into the socket.
(used to indicate entry, inclusion, or introduction in a place or condition): received into the church.
to the state, condition, or form assumed or brought about: went into shock; lapsed into disrepair; translated into another language.
to the occupation, action, possession, circumstance, or acceptance of: went into banking; coerced into complying.
(used to indicate a continuing extent in time or space): lasted into the night; far into the distance.
(used to indicate the number to be divided by another number): 2 into 20 equals 10.
Informal. interested or absorbed in, especially obsessively: She's into yoga and gardening.
Slang. in debt to: I'm into him for ten dollars.
Mathematics. pertaining to a function or map from one set to another set, the range of which is a proper subset of the second set, as the function f, from the set of all integers into the set of all perfect squares where f(x) = x2 for every integer.
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How to use into in a sentence
Early-decision and early-action programs are used by many of the most popular and toughest-to-get-into colleges in the country.
At times like these you must be careful not to brim over with elation-into-crashing-despair.
It presents itself to us as an effective corroboration of the so well-known phenomenon of talking-yourself-into-it.Criminal Psychology | Hans Gross
Breton peasants are represented playing on Breton pipes in the Entry-into-Jerusalem scene.How France Built Her Cathedrals | Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
"I w-w-was b-b-b-blown i-i-i-into t-t-t-the air," he replied, smiling sweetly.Fanny Goes to War | Pat Beauchamp
No sooner had they disappeared than Siegfried came into-393- the wood, armed for the hunt.Operas Every Child Should Know | Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
Bess went to put on her bonnet, and when she camc into-the parlour George backed into the fireplace with astonishment.Rogues and Vagabonds | George R. Sims
British Dictionary definitions for into
to the interior or inner parts of: to look into a case
to the middle or midst of so as to be surrounded by: into the water; into the bushes
against; up against: he drove into a wall
used to indicate the result of a transformation or change: he changed into a monster
maths used to indicate a dividend: three into six is two
informal interested or enthusiastically involved in: I'm really into Freud these days
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with into
In addition to the idioms beginning with into
- into account
- into effect
- into line
- into one's head
- into question
- into the bargain
- into the blue
- into the drink
- into thin air
- be into
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