American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- prep. To the inside or interior of: went into the house.
- prep. To the activity or occupation of: recent college graduates who go into banking.
- prep. To the condition, state, or form of: dishes breaking into pieces; changed into a butterfly.
- prep. So as to be in or be included in: parties entering into an agreement; wrote a new character into the play.
- prep. Informal Interested in or involved with: They are into vegetarianism.
- prep. To a point within the limits of a period of time or extent of space: well into the week.
- prep. In the direction of; toward: looked into the distance; pointed into the sky.
- prep. Against: crashed into a tree.
- prep. As a divisor of: The number 3 goes into 9 three times.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In and to; to and in: implying motion: used to express any relation, as of presence, situation, inclusion, etc., that is expressed by in, accompanied by the idea of motion or direction inward. Compare in. Of motion or direction inward: after such verbs as go, come, run, fly, flee, fall, bring, lead, throw, put, look, show, etc.
- Of change of condition: after such verbs as pass, fall, grow, change, convert, transmute, etc. Into, as thus indicating change, may when used with an intransitive verb give it a transitive force: as, to talk a man into submission; to reason one's self into error.
- In: not implying motion: as, he fought into the Revolution.
- Unto; until. Compare intil.
- Within, implying deficiency: as, the pole was long enough into a foot.
- prep. Going inside (of)
- prep. Going to a geographic region.
- prep. Against, especially with force or violence.
- prep. Producing, becoming
- prep. Of (when describing duration)
- prep. colloquial Intensely interested in or attracted to.
- prep. mathematics Taking distinct arguments to distinct values.
- prep. mathematics The operation of division, with the denominator expressed first.
- prep. Investigation of a subject.
GNU Webster's 1913
- prep. To the inside of; within. It is used in a variety of applications.
- prep. Expressing entrance, or a passing from the outside of a thing to its interior parts; -- following verbs expressing motion
- prep. Expressing penetration beyond the outside or surface, or access to the inside, or contents
- prep. Indicating insertion.
- prep. Denoting inclusion.
- prep. Indicating the passing of a thing from one form, condition, or state to another
- Old English intō, equivalent to in + to. (Wiktionary)
“I was panting from the exertion, the call was really more a strained grunting series of messages as we all but ran down the slope……..into the gun smoke…possibly into Hell!”
“They walk *into* the building they want to break into?”
“But he sent Robert there often, into that beautiful summer afternoon when Hank Bauer had leaped so high from the green diamond -- and the ball had _smacked _into his leather glove -- and the crowds went wild!”
“It is generally due to an inflammation of the Fallopian tubes which closes up the openings of the tubes into the womb, so that no more ova can pass _from_ the ovaries _through_ the tubes _into_ the womb.”
“Although inrúpit means 'burst _into_,' the preposition is nevertheless required with the noun to express the place into which he burst.”
“Who knows not, that Satan may, and has oft _transformed_ himself _into an angel of light_; his ministers into the form of inspired apostles; and his influences, almost indiscernibly similar to those of the Spirit of Jesus Christ?”
“A little boy puts my thoughts into words when he exclaims, "How steady the ground is!" and becomes a still more faithful interpreter of a wave-worn voyager's sensations when, a couple of hours later, he demands permission to get _out_ of his delicious little white bed that he may have the pleasure of getting _into_ it again.”
“Eating their way into the anti-entropy ... _into a state of matter which Russ and Greg had thought would resist all change_!”
“The irrevocable wrong that must blot her life had been committed; she had brought sorrow into the lives of others, into the lives that were knit up with hers by trust and love.”
“Must this, and that fair flower of Freedom which, despite the jeers of latter-day striplings, sprung from our fathers blood, must that too degenerate into a dusty quest of gold, into lawless lust with Hippomenes?”
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