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[in]
preposition
1.
(used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits): walking in the park.
2.
(used to indicate inclusion within something abstract or immaterial): in politics; in the autumn.
3.
(used to indicate inclusion within or occurrence during a period or limit of time): in ancient times; a task done in ten minutes.
4.
(used to indicate limitation or qualification, as of situation, condition, relation, manner, action, etc.): to speak in a whisper; to be similar in appearance.
5.
(used to indicate means): sketched in ink; spoken in French.
6.
(used to indicate motion or direction from outside to a point within) into: Let's go in the house.
7.
(used to indicate transition from one state to another): to break in half.
8.
(used to indicate object or purpose): speaking in honor of the event.
adverb
9.
in or into some place, position, state, relation, etc.: Please come in.
10.
on the inside; within.
11.
in one's house or office.
12.
in office or power.
13.
in possession or occupancy.
14.
having the turn to play, as in a game.
15.
Baseball. (of an infielder or outfielder) in a position closer to home plate than usual; short: The third baseman played in, expecting a bunt.
16.
on good terms; in favor: He's in with his boss, but he doubts it will last.
17.
in vogue; in style: He says straw hats will be in this year.
18.
in season: Watermelons will soon be in.
adjective
19.
located or situated within; inner; internal: the in part of a mechanism.
20.
Informal.
a.
in favor with advanced or sophisticated people; fashionable; stylish: the in place to dine; Her new novel is the in book to read this summer.
b.
comprehensible only to a special or ultrasophisticated group: an in joke.
21.
well-liked; included in a favored group.
22.
inward; incoming; inbound: an in train.
23.
plentiful; available.
24.
being in power, authority, control, etc.: a member of the in party.
25.
playing the last nine holes of an eighteen-hole golf course (opposed to out ): His in score on the second round was 34.
noun
26.
Usually, ins. persons in office or political power (distinguished from outs ).
27.
a member of the political party in power: The election made him an in.
28.
pull or influence; a social advantage or connection: He's got an in with the senator.
29.
(in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) a return or service that lands within the in-bounds limits of a court or section of a court (opposed to out ).
verb (used with object), inned, inning. British Dialect.
30.
to enclose.
Idioms
31.
be in for, to be bound to undergo something, especially a disagreeable experience: We are in for a long speech.
32.
in for it, Slang. about to suffer chastisement or unpleasant consequences, especially of one's own actions or omissions: I forgot our anniversary again, and I'll be in for it now. Also, British, for it.
33.
in that, because; inasmuch as: In that you won't have time for supper, let me give you something now.
34.
in with, on friendly terms with; familiar or associating with: They are in with all the important people.

Origin:
before 900; 1925–30 for def 28; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German, Dutch, Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Gothic in, Old Norse ī, Latin in, Greek en, Lithuanian į

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in1 (ɪn)
 
prep
1.  inside; within: no smoking in the auditorium
2.  at a place where there is: lying in the shade; walking in the rain
3.  indicating a state, situation, or condition: in a deep sleep; standing in silence
4.  before or when (a period of time) has elapsed: come back in one year
5.  using (a language, etc) as a means of communication: written in code
6.  concerned or involved with, esp as an occupation: in journalism
7.  while or by performing the action of; as a consequence of or by means of: in crossing the street he was run over
8.  used to indicate goal or purpose: in honour of the president
9.  (used of certain animals) about to give birth to; pregnant with (specified offspring): in foal; in calf
10.  a variant of into : she fell in the water; he tore the paper in two
11.  ( often foll by an infinitive ) have it in one to have the ability (to do something)
12.  informal (Austral) in it joining in; taking part
13.  (conjunction) in that, in so far as because or to the extent that; inasmuch as: I regret my remark in that it upset you
14.  nothing in it no difference or interval between two things
 
adv
15.  in or into a particular place; inward or indoors: come in; bring him in
16.  so as to achieve office, power, or authority: the Conservatives got in at the last election
17.  so as to enclose: block in; cover in a hole
18.  (in certain games) so as to take one's turn or one's team's turn at a certain aspect of the play; taking one's innings: you have to get the other side out before you go in
19.  (Brit) (of a fire) alight: do you keep the fire in all night?
20.  (in combination) indicating an activity or gathering, esp one organized to protest against something: teach-in; work-in
21.  in at present at (the beginning, end, etc)
22.  in between between
23.  in for about to be affected by (something, esp something unpleasant): you're in for a shock
24.  in on acquainted with or sharing in: I was in on all his plans
25.  in with associated with; friendly with; regarded highly by
26.  informal have it in for, have got it in for to wish or intend harm towards
 
adj
27.  (stressed) fashionable; modish: the in thing to do
28.  (NZ) competing: you've got to be in to win
 
n
29.  ins and outs intricacies or complications; details: the ins and outs of a computer system
 
[Old English; compare Old High German in, Welsh yn, Old Norse ī, Latin in, Greek en]

in2
 
the internet domain name for
India

In
 
the chemical symbol for
indium

IN
 
abbreviation for
Indiana

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in
O.E. in "in," inne "within," from P.Gmc. *in (cf. O.Fris, Du., Ger., Goth. in, O.N. i), from PIE *en-/*n (cf. Gk. en, L. in, O.Ir. in, Welsh yn-, O.C.S. on-). Sense of "holding power" (the in party) first recorded 1605; that of "exclusive" (the in-crowd, an in-joke) is from 1907; that of "stylish, fashionable"
(the in thing) is from 1960. The noun sense of "influence, access" (have an in with) first recorded 1929 in Amer.Eng. In-and-out "copulation" is attested from 1610s.
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In
The symbol for the element indium.

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In  
The symbol for indium.
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in definition


  1. mod.
    current; fashionable. : What's in around here in the way of clothing?
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in
inch
In
indium
IN
Indiana
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