preposition in·to \ˈin-(ˌ)tü, -tə\

Definition of into

  1. 1 —used as a function word to indicate entry, introduction, insertion, superposition, or inclusion came into the house enter into an alliance

  2. 2a :  to the state, condition, or form of got into troubleb :  to the occupation, action, or possession of go into farmingc :  involved with or interested in into sports not into her music

  3. 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. 4 :  in the direction of looking into the sun

  5. 5 :  to a position of contact with :  against ran into a wall

  6. 6 —used as a function word to indicate the dividend in division dividing 3 into 6 gives 2

Examples of into in a sentence

  1. She came into the room.

  2. a medicine injected into the bloodstream

  3. Please put the bowl into the sink.

  4. They were heading into town.

  5. He jumped into the pool.

  6. She was just staring into space.

Origin and Etymology of into

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

First Known Use: before 12th century

INTO Defined for English Language Learners


preposition in·to \ˈin-(ˌ)tü, -tə\

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


preposition in·to \ˈin-tə, -tü\

Definition of into for Students

  1. 1 :  to the inside of I ran into the house.

  2. 2 :  to the state, condition, position, or form of She got into mischief. Cut the cake into pieces. It slipped into place.

  3. 3 :  so as to hit :  against He ran into the wall.

  4. 4 :  in the direction of Don't look into the sun.

  5. 5 —used to indicate division Two goes into six three times.

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contemplative of or relative to the past

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