Definition of into preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪntə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntə//
    ; BrE before vowels BrE//ˈɪntu//
    ; NAmE before vowels NAmE//ˈɪntu//
    ; BrE strong form BrE//ˈɪntuː//
    ; NAmE strong form NAmE//ˈɪntuː//
    For the special uses of into in phrasal verbs, look at the entries for the verbs. For example lay into somebody/something is in the phrasal verb section at lay.
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  1. 1  to a position in or inside something Come into the house. She dived into the water. He threw the letter into the fire. (figurative) She turned and walked off into the night.
  2. 2  in the direction of something Speak clearly into the microphone. Driving into the sun, we had to shade our eyes.
  3. 3  to a point at which you hit somebody/something The truck crashed into a parked car.
  4. 4to a point during a period of time She carried on working late into the night. He didn't get married until he was well into his forties.
  5. 5  used to show a change in state The fruit can be made into jam. Can you translate this passage into German? They came into power in 2008. She was sliding into depression.
  6. 6used to show the result of an action He was shocked into a confession of guilt.
  7. 7  about or concerning something an inquiry into safety procedures
  8. 8used when you are dividing numbers 3 into 24 is 8.
  9. Word OriginOld English intō (see in, to).Idioms (informal) to be interested in something in an active way He's into surfing in a big way. See related entries: Showing interest
    be into somebody for something
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    (US English, informal) to owe somebody money or be owed money by somebody By the time he'd fixed the leak, I was into him for $500. The bank was into her for $100 000. See related entries: Showing interest
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: into