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English definition of “into”

into

preposition uk   /ˈɪn.tuː/ us  

into preposition (INSIDE)

A1 to the inside or middle of a place, container, area, etc.: Would you put the jar back into the cupboard for me, please? Let's go into the garden. Stop running around and get into bed! I can't get into these trousers any more. They're far too small for me.

into preposition (CHANGE)

A2 used to show when a person or thing is changing from one form or condition to another: Peel the cucumber and chop it into small cubes. There was a series of explosions and the van burst into flames (= started to burn violently). Her novels have been translated into 19 languages. We're planning to turn the smallest bedroom into an office.

into preposition (TOUCHING FORCEFULLY)

B1 used to show movement that involves something touching something else with a lot of force but without moving inside it: He's always walking into things when he hasn't got his glasses on.

into preposition (TOWARDS)

B1 in the direction of something or someone: She was looking straight into his eyes.

into preposition (ABOUT)

involving or about something: an inquiry into the cause of the accident

into preposition (DIVISION)

used when referring to the division of one number by another number: What's 5 into 125?

into preposition (INTERESTED)

B1 enthusiastic about or interested in: Jackie's really into classical music.
(Definition of into from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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