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Meaning of “into” in the English Dictionary

"into" in British English

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intopreposition

uk   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 (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 ​smallcubes. There was a ​series of ​explosions and the ​vanburst into ​flames (= ​started to ​burnviolently). Her ​novels have been ​translated into 19 ​languages. We're ​planning to ​turn the ​smallestbedroom into an ​office.

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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 ​lookingstraight into his ​eyes.

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  • into preposition (ABOUT)

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

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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 ​warbegan. 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 ​meansstronglyinterested in or ​involved with something: Jeanne is ​heavily into ​music. Ken is into ​long-distancerunning.
  • 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 ​smallcubes. We made the ​extrabedroom 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 ​driverapparentlyfellasleep and his ​carslammed into a ​tree. fig. Guess who I ​ran into (= ​met unexpectedly) at the ​shoppingmall!
  • 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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