go into

Idioms & Phrases

go into

  1. Enter somewhere or something; also fit inside something. For example, Don't go into this building, or The tractor is too big to go into the shed. [c. a.d. 1000]

  2. Enter a particular state or condition, as in She's about to go into hysterics, or I'm afraid he went into a coma. [Second half of 1600s]

  3. Enter a profession or line of work, as in She decided to go into politics. [Early 1800s] For synonyms, see go in for, def. 2; take up.

  4. Investigate or discuss, especially in detail. For example, We haven't time to go into the entire history of the project. [Early 1800s] Also see enter into, def. 4. Also see the subsequent entries beginning with go into.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: go in one ear and out the other
Next Definition: go into a huddle
Words Near: go into
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for go into
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing go into
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2015 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature