Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. Intensely interested in or attracted to.
  • prep. Taking distinct arguments to distinct values.
  • prep. The operation of division, with the denominator expressed first.
  • prep. Investigation of a subject.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

from The 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 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.

Etymologies

Old English intō, equivalent to in +‎ to. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • Although inrúpit means 'burst _into_,' the preposition is nevertheless required with the noun to express the place into which he burst.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • Eating their way into the anti-entropy ... _into a state of matter which Russ and Greg had thought would resist all change_!

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Multiplied by v. divided into.

    May 24, 2008