Definition of into in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪntʊ//ˈɪntə/


  • 1Expressing movement or action with the result that someone or something becomes enclosed or surrounded by something else:

    ‘cover the bowl and put it into the fridge’
    ‘Sara got into her car and shut the door’
    • ‘She often walked deep into the woods behind our house by herself, carrying a handsaw.’
    • ‘She also said that she missed being able to walk out and jump into the swimming pool at her house.’
    • ‘Compressed air is being pumped into the area through the hole.’
    • ‘She stood up and walked back into the small house, which she shared with her mother.’
    • ‘With one last glance at her retreating back, he turned and walked back into the house.’
    • ‘The beach loungers are well spaced apart and you can walk straight into the sea.’
    • ‘She stood up and walked down the hall into the living room where he would be waiting.’
    • ‘The first thing that strikes you when you walk through the door into the cafe is the charming decor.’
    • ‘I want to go home… to go stand on the roof and then walk downstairs and crawl into bed.’
    • ‘I walked back into the room and sat on the bed, trying to put all the facts together.’
    • ‘She unbarred the front door and walked out into the cool air, glad to be out of the building.’
    • ‘The conman stepped into the hall saying he was from the police and walked straight into the living room.’
    • ‘Once they finished they walked back into the dressing room and just grabbed their stuff.’
    • ‘Just as I was walking back into the sitting room I heard something that shocked me to my core.’
    • ‘She walked back into the flat and then returned with a girl slightly younger than Laura.’
    • ‘He shook his head and smiled as he walked back into the bedroom to grab his wallet and keys.’
    • ‘I walked stiffly into the lounge and had the sudden urge to have a boiling hot bath.’
    • ‘Gordon walked out into the hall and took his long leather coat from the rail.’
    • ‘He turned as well and with his hand resting on his sword he walked off into the crowd.’
    • ‘He walked back into the shack and emerged a few moments later with a bottle of water.’
    infatuated with, besotted with, smitten with, in love with, head over heels in love with, hopelessly in love with, obsessed with, enamoured of, very attracted to, very taken with, devoted to, charmed by, captivated by, enchanted by, enthralled by, bewitched by, beguiled by, under someone's spell
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  • 2Expressing movement or action with the result that someone or something makes physical contact with something else:

    ‘he crashed into a parked car’
    • ‘A young couple living in one of the cottages were asleep when the car crashed into their home.’
    • ‘I was dragged along underneath it and it mounted the pavement and crashed into a garden wall.’
    • ‘He died at the scene, crashing into a concrete shop canopy before landing on the pedestrian area.’
    • ‘Mr Holmes was sent flying into shelves by the blow and needed hospital treatment for his injuries.’
    • ‘Police said the car had left the road and crashed into the tree on the side of the A420.’
    • ‘The windscreen cracked and the elephant came forward again, crashing into the door.’
    • ‘The ambulance crashed on to a freight line and at no time was there any likelihood a train would crash into it.’
    • ‘An overturned car which crashed into a van and a fence was believed to have been stolen.’
    • ‘A woman died on a North Yorkshire road after the car in which she was travelling crashed into a fence.’
    • ‘The towrope snapped, and the towed car veered across the road before crashing into the side of the bus.’
    • ‘A woman has told how her family had a lucky escape as a car crashed into her house.’
    • ‘Their call for action follows an incident last weekend where a car crashed into the wall of a house.’
    • ‘Then they had to land somewhere where a baggage truck crashed into the side of the plane.’
    • ‘He crashed into a car and was seen wielding a sword as he headed down the dual carriageway on foot.’
    • ‘In Hadleigh, she put her foot down and crashed into a car with the schoolboy inside.’
    • ‘The car mounted a pavement, crashed into the side of a dry cleaning shop then hit a lamppost in May last year.’
    • ‘She also crashed into two lampposts, a shop front and two adjoining cars in the process.’
    • ‘A woman had a lucky escape when a car crashed into her kitchen just a few feet from where she was sitting.’
    • ‘The helicopter he was flying reportedly hit power lines then crashed into a house on the lake shore.’
    • ‘There was a collision and the forklift crashed into the central reservation barrier.’
  • 3Indicating a route by which someone or something may arrive at a particular destination:

    ‘the narrow road which led down into the village’
    • ‘However the journey times of routes into London from the North, East and South all fell.’
    • ‘His skill was in caricatures, a route which led him into a career as a political cartoonist.’
    • ‘The area is on one of the main routes into town and has now been transformed.’
    • ‘This was a fine service on a quicker and less congested route into the city's business heart.’
    • ‘So the theme that understanding requires love to attain its end merges by this route into theology.’
    • ‘This position was important because it controlled the route south into the centre of France.’
    • ‘It is hoped to erect the memorial at the lych gate, which leads into the grounds of the Holy Cross Church.’
    • ‘The park and ride service will be well signposted on all routes into the town.’
    • ‘Theres a road here called the Wellingborough Road, which is also a main route into a busy town center.’
    • ‘The main routes into Bolton are the main problem areas, where publicity is at a maximum.’
    • ‘Several streets and main roads leading into the city were blocked as black smoke rose from the fires.’
    • ‘The journey takes you half a mile along a cactus-lined track, and into a village.’
    • ‘It is on one of the main routes into Sheffield and I would have thought it would improve the area.’
    • ‘Labour wanted to tackle the shortage by creating more flexible routes into teaching.’
    • ‘A main route into the city has been named the worst litter black spot by thousands of residents.’
    • ‘If you turn that into a route into town that will not be possible to handle.’
    • ‘The pipe is also being laid at the moment along the main road into the village of The Neale.’
    • ‘Traffic tailed back along a main route into York after a huge crane got stuck at a busy junction today.’
    • ‘One route into the industry is to become a camera trainee on a feature film.’
    • ‘This would make a great value system for someone looking for a fast route into editing digital video.’
    enthusiastic about, interested in, passionate about, fascinated by
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  • 4Indicating the direction towards which someone or something is turned when confronting something else:

    ‘with the wind blowing into your face’
    ‘sobbing into her skirt’
    • ‘As they reached the summit, an icy northerly wind began to blow sleet into their faces.’
    • ‘To which end, I have mostly been sobbing into my keyboard for the last couple of days.’
    • ‘He sits alone, sobbing into his hands, unable to find the words to speak of his grief.’
    • ‘Ann was sobbing loudly into her soft pillow so Myra went to her, sat on the bed and put her arms around her.’
    • ‘The last time we saw Kieren, he was sitting in a darkened room sobbing quietly into his hands.’
    • ‘All the teen girl magazines do is try and channel the urges into a responsible direction.’
    • ‘It was cold there, damn cold, with a wind blowing straight off Dartmoor into our front room.’
    • ‘I decided to start off mid way down the left bank with a wind blowing into my face.’
    • ‘He also told how a second officer tried to subdue the thug with CS gas but it blew back into his own face.’
    • ‘My tackle tends to be much heavier than in Summer as I often have a wind blowing into my face.’
    • ‘Annie pulled herself away and threw herself face down onto the bed, sobbing into her pillow.’
    • ‘Note the seagull crashing into the sea ending, as Donny's ashes are blown into their faces.’
    • ‘The waves rolled towards the beach, as the dusty winds blew wild sands into the air.’
    • ‘I really like the idea of the third person narrative taking you into different directions.’
    • ‘The picture on the front of the box is of a family on a couch, blown up into the air by a tornado.’
    • ‘I bent down to inhale, but he blew the powder into the air, muttered an expletive and stumbled out.’
    • ‘The wind blew soft black hair into her eyes, but she didn't bother to tuck it behind her ears.’
    • ‘Graham acted like a powerful magnet, pulling the lumps of metal into one direction.’
    • ‘It is a meeting that sends the life of the charming Irish lass spinning into a new direction.’
    • ‘It didn't so much change the way I work as push me further into a direction I was going anyway.’
  • 5Indicating an object of attention or interest:

    ‘a clearer insight into what is involved’
    ‘an inquiry into the squad's practices’
    • ‘Along with the tears and squabbles comes an interesting insight into the male psyche.’
    • ‘They have been released on bail until January while inquiries into the accident continue.’
    • ‘She is critical of the three years it is expected to take before an inquiry is held into her husband's death.’
    • ‘More interesting is the insight into what it's like to be a party leader on a daily basis.’
    • ‘It was an interesting insight into the debate as to why Kiwi teams are able to make the whole add up to more than the sum of its parts.’
    • ‘These give you a real insight into the community of the internet's most obsessive interests.’
    • ‘The Greater London Assembly is holding an inquiry into smoking in public places.’
    • ‘It's an interesting insight into what it was like to live and blog in that police state.’
    • ‘Brent council is currently carrying out an internal inquiry into the post-mortem.’
    • ‘The hunt ban has afforded an interesting insight into the mind of the politically correct lobby.’
    • ‘This cat fight was an interesting insight into what happens when girls fight.’
    • ‘That may be why calls for an independent inquiry into her death are still ringing in the ears of the government.’
    • ‘They offer a unique insight into the mind of one of the 20th century's greatest poets.’
    • ‘The union recently began an inquiry into claims of ballot-rigging in that election.’
    • ‘An independent inquiry into the validity of animal experiments is long overdue.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's not as luxurious as a hotel might be, but it provides a great insight into the Cuban way of life.’
    • ‘There must be a wider judicial inquiry into the way this matter was handled by the British government.’
    • ‘Such a student prefers to go in depth into an area of interest rather than going wide.’
    • ‘Mind you, the site has given me new insight into the jargon of the loveless.’
    • ‘Great stuff, and an interesting insight into the Edwardian England of his youth.’
  • 6Expressing a change of state:

    ‘a peaceful protest which turned into a violent confrontation’
    ‘the fruit can be made into jam’
    • ‘If anything it looked like a textbook attempt to turn the club into a contender.’
    • ‘Vegetables are dried or pickled and fruits are also dried, candied, or made into jams.’
    • ‘Gravity makes the ice crystals fall and the winds blow them into the distinctive hook shape.’
    • ‘This model works in the first half but it does unravel into messy pretentiousness towards the end.’
    • ‘He believes they have the mental toughness to turn their new club into champions.’
    • ‘The food grows so well here that Robyn has plans to turn the surfeit into jams and pickles to sell from the Cascina.’
    • ‘He began life in a violent way but has learnt to channel that physical violence into creative energy.’
    • ‘Sasha liked the record so much that in a rare studio sortie he's turned it into an essential club item.’
    • ‘Somehow, this small step in the right direction has metamorphosed into a mighty triumph.’
    • ‘When the band finished the disco started and it turned into a regular club night.’
    • ‘Valerie said Haworth was transformed by the film crew into a working Victorian village.’
    • ‘Foreign coaches had come before and tried to turn their clubs into foreign clubs.’
    • ‘The plan is to change the village into a place where artists can work, free of charge.’
    • ‘Alcohol wrecks lives and families and too often transforms people into violent thugs.’
    • ‘They are all interested in the arts and would like to find a way to turn their interest into a job.’
    • ‘It started out as a thriller, morphed into action and towards the end tried to be a comedy.’
    • ‘The plans concern the ground flood of the building which would be turned into a snooker club with a bar.’
    • ‘People turn into snails and violent and gruesome deaths seem to be the only way to escape the grisly vortex.’
    • ‘It's just the stress factor of having to deal with people who panic and turn a minor itch into a full blown crisis.’
    • ‘I have no interest in turning myself into an opinionated commentator on the world's news.’
  • 7Expressing the result of an action:

    ‘they forced the club into a humiliating special general meeting’
    • ‘It is only the first of many sequences that jolts and stuns you into full attention over a two hour running time.’
    • ‘Widespread outrage in Nigeria prompted the government into launching an inquiry.’
    • ‘This is where a manager uses all sorts of subterfuge to entice a player into leaving his present club.’
    • ‘Some of them will be there hoping to force world leaders into a change of direction.’
    • ‘Some are genuinely injured, while others are cowed into submission by their clubs.’
    • ‘While we were in France, we were tricking her into walking the odd step on her own.’
    • ‘Stephenson fully admits that she had to push her husband into confronting his family with the truth.’
  • 8Expressing division:

    ‘three into twelve goes four’
    • ‘The section is now so huge that it needs to be split into five big electronics divisions.’
    • ‘The curve may be used for dividing an angle into any number of equal parts.’
    • ‘Divide the mane into equal sections and damp each section before you start plaiting.’
    • ‘In essence the year is split into four equal seasons, each lasting 91 days plus a bit.’
    • ‘Equal tempering is a system for breaking up each octave into twelve equal semi-tones.’
    • ‘If we divide each day into 24 equal hours, the length of a second will vary from day to day.’
    • ‘In the event of victory, the two agreed to the division of the peninsula into four states.’
    • ‘Turkey invaded the island and brought about its present division into two parts.’
    • ‘They agree to split the coconuts into five equal integer lots, any remainder going to the monkey.’
    • ‘If enough teams apply, the second division will be split into a Conference North and South.’
    • ‘British settlement led to the internal division of the continent into colonies.’
    • ‘Thus, a law of this nature may in no way serve as a basis for a division of society into classes.’
    • ‘Division of subzones into zonules is the ultimate expression of such patterns.’
    • ‘The size of the demonstration meant that it split into several different routes.’
    • ‘Its symbolism is partly derived from the fact that a square aspect is a division of the whole chart into four.’
  • 9informal (of a person) taking a lively and active interest in (something):

    ‘he's into surfing and jet-skiing’
    into, inside, into the interior of
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Old English intō (see in, to).