\ 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 limits in 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 instrumentality written in pencilbound in leather
3a used as a function word to indicate limitation, qualification, or circumstance alike in some respectsleft in a hurry
b : into sense 4a broke in pieces
4 used as a function word to indicate purpose said in reply
5 used as a function word to indicate the larger member of a ratio one in six is eligible

in

adverb
\ 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 combination built-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 on in 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

In

symbol

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 l illogical , im- before b, m, or p imbalanceimmoralimpractical , ir- before r irreducible , and in- before other sounds inconclusive
variants: or il- or im- or ir-

Definition of in- (Entry 9 of 11)

1 : in : within : into : toward : on usually il- before l illuviation , im- before b, m, or p immingle , ir- before r irradiance , and in- before other sounds infiltrate
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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Nick Perry, ajc, 14 June 2021 In addition to her music projects, Zauner also published her debut memoir Crying in H Mart earlier in 2021. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2021 Soleil Ho's tenure as The Chronicle's Restaurant Critic began in 2019. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Even with the entire season coming in at just about two hours with six 20-minute episodes, there are a couple of saggier stretches, especially when Tom’s out of the picture. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 Stocks eased back below their record heights Tuesday as investors waited to hear whether the mixed bag of data coming in about the economy will push the Federal Reserve to let up on its massive support for markets. Alexandra Jaffe, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 Here, then, are some wines coming in right now that offer excellent quality at moderate prices. John Mariani, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Each arm has a longer cuff to protect your wrists and hands and to keep the cold air from coming in. Chris Hachey, BGR, 10 June 2021 As Latinos moved in, though, the conversation around Washington Heights started to change. Nili Blanck, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 June 2021 The urban votes are mostly counted, but the rural votes are still coming in where Pedro Castillo, a former school teacher and political novice from a Socialist party, has strong support. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 June 2021 Coming in behind Rodrigo was Drake, who landed at Number Two with 125.7 million streams. Rolling Stone, 7 June 2021 So coming in and being able to throw farther is just amazing. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 5 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This should begin by addressing your in-house vulnerabilities. Yec, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Costco has two main revenue streams: membership fees ($60/year minimum) and sales, which includes sales of its in-house brand of consumer goods, Kirkland Signature. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, 27 May 2021 The move was announced by UO athletics during its in-house radio show on Tuesday. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 27 Apr. 2021 Epic, which publishes hit game Fortnite, decided to sell discounted V-bucks, its in-game currency—but only through Epic’s own direct payment system, including on smartphone. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 7 May 2021 His in-game discussion with Martins was somewhat related, Chapman said. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Apr. 2021 Samsung, on the other hand, saw success with its Galaxy smartwatches despite the gamble of loading them up with its in-house Tizen OS. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 18 May 2021 The pet retailer says its in-house insurance plan will subsidize the cost of the diagnostic. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 May 2021 And none of his in-house critics have had an opportunity to speak about it on Fox's airwaves. Brian Stelter, CNN, 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Things didn’t get much better with both fighters talking trash on social media and up close and personal at Friday’s weigh-in. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 5 June 2021 Second, Huawei smartphones have a desktop mode (named EMUI desktop) built-in which can be used when connected to the MateView. Ben Sin, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Augustine was closed for almost a year save for a brief, frustrating reopening attempt last summer, and for now, entry to the Sherman Oaks hideaway requires reservation by phone, with limited walk-in seating available under the county’s statutes. Jordan Michelman, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Donald Trump's weird obsession with mail-in voting is doing collateral damage to GOP lawmakers' illiberal designs. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 4 June 2021 Additionally, police were notified of a walk-in shooting victim around 12:46 a.m. at an area hospital. Phillip Jackson, baltimoresun.com, 3 June 2021 The reason why is a great lead-in to what the new team of scientists has helped to accomplish. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2021 It’s the walk-in sibling to outdoor dining space Craigie Next Door, where reservations are required. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 In an even more direct tie-in to Mare’s familial obsession, the final twist relies on Lori and John discovering the truth before Mare does, then hiding evidence and misleading the police to protect their son. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 31 May 2021

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

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“In.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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

in

adverb

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

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

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 condition You're in luck!We're in trouble.
6 used to show manner or purpose I'm in a hurry.He laughed in reply.
7 : into sense 2 It broke in pieces.

in

adverb
\ 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 l illogical , im- before b, m, or p immoralimpractical , ir- before r irreconcilable and in- before other sounds incomplete

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 l illuminate , im- before b, m, or p import , ir- before r irradiate , and in- before other sounds infect
2 : en- sense 2 imperil

Medical Definition of in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

inch

In

symbol

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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