Definition of into
1 —used as a function word to indicate entry, introduction, insertion, superposition, or inclusion <came into the house> <enter into an alliance>
2 a : to the state, condition, or form of <got into trouble> b : to the occupation, action, or possession of <go into farming> c : involved with or interested in <into hard drugs> <into Latin epigrammatists>
3 —used as a function word to indicate a period of time or an extent of space part of which is passed or occupied <far into the night>
4 : in the direction of <looking into the sun>
5 : to a position of contact with : against <ran into a wall>
6 —used as a function word to indicate the dividend in division <dividing 3 into 6 gives 2>
Examples of into in a sentence
She came into the room.
a medicine injected into the bloodstream
Please put the bowl into the sink.
They were heading into town.
He jumped into the pool.
She was just staring into space.
Origin and Etymology of into
Middle English, from Old English intō, from 2in + tō to
First Known Use: before 12th century
INTO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of into for English Language Learners
: to or toward the inside of (something)
: in the direction of (something)
—used to describe hitting or touching something or someone
INTO Defined for Kids
Definition of into for Students
1 : to the inside of <I ran into the house.>
2 : to the state, condition, position, or form of <She got into mischief.> <Cut the cake into pieces.> <It slipped into place.>
3 : so as to hit : against <He ran into the wall.>
4 : in the direction of <Don't look into the sun.>
5 —used to indicate division <Two goes into six three times.>
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