\ ˈin How to pronounce in (audio) , ən, ᵊn \

Definition of in

 (Entry 1 of 11)

1a used as a function word to indicate inclusion, location, or position within limitsin the lakewounded in the legin the summer
b : into sense 1 went in the house
2 used as a function word to indicate means, medium, or instrumentalitywritten in pencilbound in leather
3a used as a function word to indicate limitation, qualification, or circumstancealike in some respectsleft in a hurry
b : into sense 4a broke in pieces
4 used as a function word to indicate purposesaid in reply
5 used as a function word to indicate the larger member of a ratioone in six is eligible
\ ˈin How to pronounce in (audio) \

Definition of in (Entry 2 of 11)

1a(1) : to or toward the inside especially of a house or other building come in
(2) : to or toward some destination or particular place flew in on the first plane
(3) : at close quarters : near play close in
b : so as to incorporate mix in the flour often used in combinationbuilt-in bookcases
c : to or at an appropriate place fit a piece in
2a : within a particular place especially : within the customary place of residence or business the doctor is in
b : in the position of participant, insider, or officeholder often used with onin on the joke
c(1) : on good terms
(2) : in a specified relation in bad with the boss
(3) : in a position of assured or definitive success
d : in vogue or season
e of an oil well : in production
f : in one's presence, possession, or control after the crops are in
g : from a condition of indistinguishability to one of clarity fade in
in for
: certain to experience in for a rude awakening
\ ˈin How to pronounce in (audio) \

Definition of in (Entry 3 of 11)

1a : that is located inside or within the in part
b : that is in position, operation, or power the in party
2 : that is directed or bound inward : incoming the in train
3a : extremely fashionable the in thing to do
b : keenly aware of and responsive to what is new and fashionable the in crowd

in

noun
\ ˈin How to pronounce in (audio) \

Definition of in (Entry 4 of 11)

1 : one who is in office or power or on the inside a matter of ins versus outs
2 : influence, pull enjoyed some sort of in with the commandant— Henriette Roosenburg

Definition of in (Entry 5 of 11)

1 inch
2 inlet

Definition of In (Entry 6 of 11)

indium

Definition of IN (Entry 7 of 11)

Indiana
variants: or il- or im- or ir-

Definition of in- (Entry 8 of 11)

: not : non-, un- usually il- before lillogical , im- before b, m, or pimbalanceimmoralimpractical , ir- before rirreducible , and in- before other soundsinconclusive
variants: or il- or im- or ir-

Definition of in- (Entry 9 of 11)

1 : in : within : into : toward : on usually il- before lilluviation , im- before b, m, or pimmingle , ir- before rirradiance , and in- before other soundsinfiltrate
2 : en- entry 1 imbrute imperil inspirit

Definition of -in (Entry 10 of 11)

1a : neutral chemical compound insulin
b : enzyme pancreatin
c : antibiotic penicillin
2 : -ine entry 2 sense 1a epinephrin
3 : pharmaceutical product niacin

Definition of -in (Entry 11 of 11)

: organized public protest by means of or in favor of : demonstration teach-in love-in

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Synonyms & Antonyms for in

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of in in a Sentence

Preposition Don't come in here with those muddy feet! drawn on the wall in crayon Adverb She went in and closed the door. I lost my keys and now I can't get in. The burglars broke in through the kitchen window. The pool is deep. Be careful not to fall in. The boss called us in for a conference. The fog was closing in fast. Get your orders in early! Is the train in yet? Adjective the in thing to do the in place to go It's what the in crowd is wearing this season. Noun When you're trying to get started in show business, it helps to have an in. They must have an in with the boss.
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Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two dead after crash reported overnight on I-41/94 near Chase Avenue," 25 June 2020 The Phoenix Police Department said Pena was put on administrative leave in November 2019. Uriel J. Garcia, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix police officer charged with sexually assaulting handcuffed woman," 25 June 2020 Smith announced his decision in a Tweet Thursday afternoon. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "La Salle 2021 defensive back Devonta Smith decommits from Ohio State," 25 June 2020 But playing Jane, Guerrero says, inspired her to work those out in therapy. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Diane Guerrero Says This Book Makes Her Feel Like She Can Do Anything," 25 June 2020 The job cuts, representing about 3% of its total workforce, excluding seasonal employees, follow about 2,000 corporate layoffs in February. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Macy’s to Cut 3,900 Corporate Jobs," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The administration brought National Guard troops from across the country and stationed active duty military around the area, threatening to send them in if necessary. Los Angeles Times, "Statehood for Washington, D.C., backed by Democrats, passes House for first time," 26 June 2020 Some travelers are dipping their toes back in with road trips, day trips, and camping trips, while others have their eye on the sky. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, "Is It Safe to Fly Right Now? Here's What Experts Have to Say," 25 June 2020 In the technology bust of 2000 to 2002, 47% of the tech companies that went into the downturn as leaders emerged as laggards, while 13% of those that went in as laggards came out as leaders, as measured by McKinsey. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "Coming out of a crisis, the boldest companies win," 25 June 2020 The value of Jordan sports memorabilia has shot up in since the documentary series aired earlier this year. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "Unseen Kobe Bryant footage up for auction," 25 June 2020 The next time someone is puzzled about a recipe taking longer than advertised, advise them to get an oven thermometer and see what’s really going on in there. Mackenzie Fegan And Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "An Oven Thermometer Will Reveal If Your Oven Is Lying to You," 25 June 2020 Even those of us looking in from the inside who never got to go in could see that. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Stephen Colbert doesn't pull punches with John Bolton: 'How could you be naive?'," 24 June 2020 Clients have included celebrities and regulars who fly in from out-of-state to shop. oregonlive, "The founder of Portland’s Perfume House has died, leaving a legacy of class, charm and kindness," 24 June 2020 Many of them are dealing with health complications, even several months in. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘It’s almost like there’s this monster inside of you’," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lovullo said his in-game managerial style might need to change, as well. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Torey Lovullo could be quick on trigger in shorter season," 28 June 2020 After parting with longtime starter Philip Rivers this offseason, the Chargers are still sorting out their quarterback outlook with their in-house options. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Chargers coach Anthony Lynn says Colin Kaepernick on team's potential workout list," 17 June 2020 At Volkswagen AG, the forceful Herbert Diess (who was passed over for the top job at BMW) has made some bold moves, including an all-in bet on electric vehicles. Washington Post, "BMW Wants a CEO Who Can Perform Miracles," 23 May 2019 In particular, management needs to convince people that the all-in bet on electric vehicles won’t be a financial disaster (the company now plans to build a battery cell factory at home). Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Welcome to Volkswagen, Where Nothing Makes Sense," 14 May 2019 If the alternative to an all-in bet was another year of underwhelming returns, Toronto's choice was clear all year. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "We The Champs: Kawhi, Masai and the Legend of the 2019 Raptors," 14 June 2019 Andre Roberson's injury has hurt them worse than anyone could have imagined, and suddenly the all-in bet on one year of George is becoming a more sobering proposition. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "The Year of Stress in the Western Conference," 9 Mar. 2018 But this latest test suggests that the United States may already be in range as well, and that, as one former top American intelligence official noted recently, would put enormous pressure on American missile defenses that few trust to work. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump looks east for new foreign policy," 5 July 2017 But this latest test suggests that the United States may already be in range as well, and that, as one former top American intelligence official noted recently, would put enormous pressure on American missile defenses that few trust to work. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "What Can Trump Do About North Korea? His Options Are Few and Risky," 4 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To change the Buy Black movement into lasting, structural change, Maqubela said businesses will need buy-in from a number of stakeholders: Consumers, investors, vendors and others. Deena Shanker, Bloomberg.com, "Black Businesses Need More Than Retail Activism to Survive," 27 June 2020 Emerging state figures on those who have requested mail-in or absentee ballots show a Democratic advantage. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Republican nightmare: Trump vote-by-mail demonizing driving down GOP participation," 26 June 2020 The order was issued during a city ban on dining-in at restaurants. David Ibata, ajc, "Canton OKs package sales of beer, wine by restaurants," 26 June 2020 The site provides the location of each drive-in, as well as which ones are open and which ones are closed. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Use This Website to Find a Drive-In Movie Near You," 23 June 2020 By opening time, however, XpresSpa had decided to expand their service options to include walk-in testing for those with insurance, bypassing the employer. Raisa Bruner, Time, "From Massages to Nasal Swabs: Inside XpresSpa's Tough Road to Becoming an Airport COVID-19 Testing Center," 23 June 2020 Install van Kooten's plug-in and visitors can sign up for your Mailchimp list directly via a form embedded on your site. Clive Thompson, Wired, "How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change," 23 June 2020 In 2017, Obama’s historic White House run ended with the swearing-in of President Donald Trump. USA Today, "These Black teens are turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America," 22 June 2020 TruFuse midsole add more cushion to your in-step, while the sleek jacquard mesh holds its own against stylish competitors. Lindsey Olander, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Running Shoes for All Kinds of Terrain," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of in

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adjective

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for in

Preposition

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German in in, Latin in, Greek en

Prefix (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin; akin to Old English un-

Prefix (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin, from in in, into

Noun suffix

French -ine, from Latin -īna, feminine of -īnus of or belonging to — more at -en

Noun combining form

sit-in

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Time Traveler

The first known use of in was before the 12th century

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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“In.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of in

 (Entry 1 of 4)

used to indicate location or position within something
: to the inside of (a room, container, etc.)
used to indicate that someone or something belongs to or is included as part of something
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English Language Learners Definition of in (Entry 2 of 4)

: to or toward the inside of something (such as a building)
: to or toward a place
: at the place where someone or something arrives after traveling
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English Language Learners Definition of in (Entry 3 of 4)

: popular or fashionable
: aware of and strongly influenced by what is new and fashionable

in

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of in (Entry 4 of 4)

chiefly US, informal : a way of becoming involved in something or of influencing someone
\ ˈin How to pronounce in (audio) , ən \

Kids Definition of in

 (Entry 1 of 7)

1 : located or positioned within The house is in the country.
2 : into sense 1 We ran in the house.
3 : during It's warmer in the summer.
4 : with sense 2 I wrote in pencil.
5 used to show a state or conditionYou're in luck!We're in trouble.
6 used to show manner or purposeI'm in a hurry.He laughed in reply.
7 : into sense 2 It broke in pieces.
\ ˈin How to pronounce in (audio) \

Kids Definition of in (Entry 2 of 7)

1 : to or toward the inside I went in and closed the door.
2 : to or toward some particular place We flew in yesterday.
3 : near entry 1 sense 1 Play close in.
4 : into the midst of something Mix in the flour.
5 : to or at its proper place Can you fit this piece in?
6 : on the inner side : within Everyone is in.
7 : present and available for use All the votes are in.
in for
: sure to experience He was in for a surprise.
\ ˈin How to pronounce in (audio) \

Kids Definition of in (Entry 3 of 7)

1 : being inside or within the in part
2 : headed or bound inward the in train

Kids Definition of in.

inch

Kids Definition of IN

Indiana

in-

prefix
variants: or il- or im- or ir-

Kids Definition of in-

 (Entry 1 of 7)

: not : non-, un- usually il- before lillogical , im- before b, m, or pimmoralimpractical , ir- before rirreconcilable and in- before other soundsincomplete

in-

prefix
variants: or il- or im- or ir-

Kids Definition of in- (Entry 2 of 7)

1 : in : within : into : toward : on usually il- before lilluminate , im- before b, m, or pimport , ir- before rirradiate , and in- before other soundsinfect
2 : en- sense 2 imperil

Medical Definition of in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

inch

Medical Definition of In (Entry 2 of 2)

indium

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Legal Definition of in

: under the law of : based on brought an action in negligenceNational Law Journal

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