- 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 in the direction of something Speak clearly into the microphone. Driving into the sun, we had to shade our eyes.
- 3 to a point at which you hit somebody/something The truck crashed into a parked car.
- 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 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.
- 6used to show the result of an action He was shocked into a confession of guilt.
- 7 about or concerning something an inquiry into safety procedures
- 8used when you are dividing numbers 3 into 24 is 8. Word Origin Old 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 (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
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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.