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"into" in British English

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uk   /ˈɪn.tuː/ us   /ˈɪn.tuː/
  • 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.

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  • 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 doesn't have his glasses on.

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  • into preposition (TOWARDS)

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

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  • into preposition (DIVISION)

used when referring to the division of one number by another number: What's 5 into 125?
(Definition of into from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"into" in American English

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intopreposition

us   /ˈɪn·tu, -tə/
  • into preposition (INSIDE)

toward the inside or middle of something and about to be contained, surrounded, or enclosed by it: Pour some sugar into the bowl. They went into the backyard.
  • into preposition (CONNECTED WITH)

connected with or involved in a condition or activity: My father went into the army the day after the war began. An investigation into the accident is underway. I know I should do my taxes but I just don’t want to get into it now.
infml Into also means strongly interested in or involved with something: Jeanne is heavily into music. Ken is into long-distance running.
  • into preposition (CHANGE)

used to show when a person or thing is changing from one form or condition to another: Peel the potatoes and chop them into small cubes. We made the extra bedroom into an office. Her novels have been translated into nineteen languages.
  • into preposition (MOVEMENT)

used to show movement that involves two things coming together with force: The driver apparently fell asleep and his car slammed into a tree. fig. Guess who I ran into (= met unexpectedly) at the shopping mall!
  • into preposition (DIVISION)

used when referring to the division of one number by another number: 5 into 10 is 2.
(Definition of into from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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