\ ˈin , 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 2a 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 \

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 \

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

c : inside sense 2

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 \

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

in

abbreviation (1)

Definition of in (Entry 5 of 11)

1 inch

2 inlet

In

symbol

Definition of In (Entry 6 of 11)

indium

IN

abbreviation (2)

Definition of IN (Entry 7 of 11)

Indiana

in-

prefix (1)
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

in-

prefix (2)
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

by, per, through, via, with

Synonyms: Adverb

around, by, close, hard, near, nearby, nigh

Synonyms: Adjective

à la mode (also a la mode), chic, cool [slang], exclusive, fashionable, happening, hip, modish, sharp, smart, snappy, stylish, supercool, swell, trendy, voguish

Synonyms: Noun

authority, clout, credit, heft, influence, leverage, pull, sway, weight

Antonyms: Adjective

dowdy, out, outmoded, styleless, unfashionable, unstylish

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In an attempt to corner him, the deputies separated and pinned him in along a wash. Joel Rubin, latimes.com, "After decades of problems, new allegations surface of a secret clique within L.A. County Sheriff's Department," 10 July 2018 But in August 2017, thanks partly to the aggressive intervention of Softbank’s Masayoshi Son, an early Alibaba backer, Alibaba pre-empted a Tokopedia deal with Tencent by swooping in and leading a $1.1 billion funding round. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: Taking the Fight to Southeast Asia," 21 June 2018 O’Brien was careful to note that some ballots were still dribbling in, and the election results wouldn’t be certified until the end of the month. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housing at stake in Lafayette homes-vs.-apartments ballot battle," 9 June 2018 Roofs caved in, as did interior floors that bound the whole together. David Usborne, Town & Country, "The Mysterious Case of the Parnham House Fire," 29 May 2018 My husband, on the other hand, prefers to study the diagrams and then jump right in. Cindi May, Scientific American, "The Problem With “Learning Styles”," 29 May 2018 The China Clean Energy Fund, which Apple said it and its partners will fund over four years, will invest in and develop-clean energy projects totaling more than 1 gigawatt of renewable energy in the country. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Sets $300 Million Clean Energy Fund for China Amid Trade Tensions," 12 July 2018 Netflix, which just welcomed a batch of new movies for the month of July, tweeted on July 10 about settling in to watch The Princess Diaries, only to notice a certain very big name listed as a producer: Whitney. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Just Realized Whitney Houston Produced "The Princess Diaries"," 10 July 2018 Hess settled in down for a couple of innings, but the Angels weren’t through with him. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles' losing streak continues with 7-1 loss to struggling Angels," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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

But this does not mean the Democrats are a shoo-in to win the House. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 The wines were each named after a character on the show, and their descriptions, while apt for wine, seemed just a teeny tiny bit inappropriate as tie-ins for the show. Karen Han, Vox, "Creepy Handmaid’s Tale wine announced, canceled within 24 hours," 11 July 2018 Though pitchers were not selected by fan vote, Cole and Verlander were shoo-ins. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "5 Astros selected to AL All-Star team," 9 July 2018 Atir and Ferguson checked whether gender was just acting as a stand-in for seniority of the professor, but that turned out not to be the case. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Why Curie’s no Einstein: A subtle gender bias in science," 29 June 2018 As a tie-in, the amusement park debuted a new food item: blue ice cream. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Sunday is National Blue Ice Cream Day," 29 June 2018 By 2006, López Obrador looked like a shoo-in for president. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico's man of the people – with an ego," 29 June 2018 The ability to comment on a web page had not yet been simplified as a plug-in. Tarleton Gillespie, WIRED, "How Social Networks Set the Limits of What We Can Say Online," 26 June 2018 My theory is with the press squeezing us out, Cardin is a total shoo-in. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Challengers to Cardin having a difficult time breaking through," 21 June 2018

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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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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)

: a way of becoming involved in something or of influencing someone

\ ˈin , 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 \

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 \

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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