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in

[in] /ɪn/
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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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
900
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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British Dictionary definitions for in for it

in1

/ɪn/
preposition
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.
expressing a ratio, proportion, or probability: one in five boys
8.
while or by performing the action of; as a consequence of or by means of: in crossing the street he was run over
9.
used to indicate goal or purpose: in honour of the president
10.
(used of certain animals) about to give birth to; pregnant with (specified offspring): in foal, in calf
11.
a variant of into she fell in the water, he tore the paper in two
12.
(often foll by an infinitive) have it in one, to have the ability (to do something)
13.
(Austral, informal) in it, joining in; taking part
14.
(conjunction) in that, in so far as, because or to the extent that; inasmuch as: I regret my remark in that it upset you
15.
nothing in it, no difference or interval between two things
adverb (particle)
16.
in or into a particular place; inward or indoors: come in, bring him in
17.
so as to achieve office, power, or authority: the Conservatives got in at the last election
18.
so as to enclose: block in, cover in a hole
19.
(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
20.
(Brit) (of a fire) alight: do you keep the fire in all night?
21.
(in combination) indicating an activity or gathering, esp one organized to protest against something: teach-in, work-in
22.
in at, present at (the beginning, end, etc)
23.
in between, between
24.
in for, about to be affected by (something, esp something unpleasant): you're in for a shock
25.
in on, acquainted with or sharing in: I was in on all his plans
26.
in with, associated with; friendly with; regarded highly by
27.
(informal) have it in for, have got it in for, to wish or intend harm towards
adjective
28.
(stressed) fashionable; modish: the in thing to do
29.
(NZ) competing: you've got to be in to win
noun
30.
ins and outs, intricacies or complications; details: the ins and outs of a computer system
Word Origin
Old English; compare Old High German in, Welsh yn, Old Norse ī, Latin in, Greek en

in2

abbreviation
1.
India

In

Chemical symbol
1.
indium

IN

abbreviation
1.
Indiana
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Word Origin and History for in for it

in

Old English in (prep.) "in, into, upon, on, at, among; about, during;" inne (adv.) "within, inside," from Proto-Germanic *in (cf. Old Frisian, Dutch, German, Gothic in, Old Norse i), from PIE *en "in" (cf. Greek en, Latin in "in, into," Old Irish in, Welsh yn-, Old Church Slavonic on-). As an adjective from 1590s.

The forms merged in Middle English. Modern sense distinction between in and on is from later Middle English. Sense of "holding power" (the in party) first recorded c.1600; that of "exclusive" (the in-crowd, an in-joke) is from 1907 (in-group); that of "stylish, fashionable" (the in thing) is from 1960. The noun sense of "influence, access" (have an in with) first recorded 1929 in American English. In-and-out "copulation" is attested from 1610s.

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in for it in Medicine

In
The symbol for the element indium.

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in for it in Science
In  
The symbol for indium.
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Slang definitions & phrases for in for it

in for it

adjective phrase

Committed willy-nilly; about to suffer trouble, attack, etc: When they saw the black clouds they knew they were in for it/ If they nab us with the pope's ring, we'll really be in for it (1698+)


in

adjective
  1. In fashion at the moment; now preferred: Violence is in, sentiment is out (1960+)
  2. Accepted; ac-ceptable; belonging to a select group; in like flynn: one of the in people/ Bullock made it to the ''in'' crowd a few years later (1960+)
noun
  1. An advantage, esp through an acquaintance; entree: Get me an in with the skipper of that precinct (1920s+ Underworld)
  2. A person who holds office or other power or position: Will the Democrats ever be the ins again? (1768+)
Related Terms

get in, have it in for someone


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Related Abbreviations for in for it

in

inch

In

indium

IN

Indiana
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Idioms and Phrases with in for it

in

, also see under
out of
.
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