from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • preposition To the inside or interior of.
  • preposition To the activity or occupation of.
  • preposition To the condition, state, or form of.
  • preposition So as to be in or be included in.
  • preposition Informal Interested in or involved with.
  • preposition To a point within the limits of a period of time or extent of space.
  • preposition In the direction of; toward.
  • preposition Against.
  • preposition As a divisor of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • preposition To the inside of; within. It is used in a variety of applications.
  • preposition Expressing entrance, or a passing from the outside of a thing to its interior parts; -- following verbs expressing motion
  • preposition Expressing penetration beyond the outside or surface, or access to the inside, or contents
  • preposition Indicating insertion.
  • preposition Denoting inclusion.
  • preposition Indicating the passing of a thing from one form, condition, or state to another

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • preposition Going inside (of)
  • preposition Going to a geographic region.
  • preposition Against, especially with force or violence.
  • preposition Producing, becoming
  • preposition Of (when describing duration)
  • preposition colloquial Intensely interested in or attracted to.
  • preposition mathematics Taking distinct arguments to distinct values.
  • preposition mathematics The operation of division, with the denominator expressed first.
  • preposition Investigation of a subject.


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Old English intō, equivalent to in +‎ to.


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