in·​to | \ ˈin-(ˌ)tü How to pronounce into (audio) , -tə \

Definition of into

1 used as a function word to indicate entry, introduction, insertion, superposition, or inclusion came into the houseenter into an alliance
2 : in the direction of looking into the sun
3 : to a position of contact with : against ran into a wall
4a : 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 sports not into her music
5 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
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web With the temperatures falling into the mid-50s, queue-goers were thankful to have coats with them. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 18 Sep. 2022 Temperatures will settle into the upper 50s to mid-60s, with just light wind from the southwest. Greg Porter, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2022 That's the outlook from airlines and the tourism industry going into the fall travel season and looking forward to the winter holidays. Michael Salerno, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2022 Most came through the air against Rice and Stanford, but the running game led the Trojans into the end zone Saturday. Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2022 Those drives were for as few as four plays spanning roughly two minutes to a majestic 13-play, 79-drive taking 5:33 off the clock that ended with a touchdown to make it 28-7 going into halftime. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2022 Going into the hair salon with a specific look in mind can be a nerve-wracking experience, at best. Julie Ricevuto, Glamour, 17 Sep. 2022 In a statement, Borrego Health said the bankruptcy protection would prevent the Department of Health Care Services action from going into effect. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2022 Phoenix was held to just three shots on goal going into the half against San Diego. Lauren Hertz, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of into

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

History and Etymology for into

Middle English, from Old English intō, from in entry 2 + to

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20 Sep 2022

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“Into.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/into. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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in·​to | \ ˈin-tə How to pronounce into (audio) , -tü \

Kids Definition of into

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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