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Definitions of in

  1. ( informal) " the in thing to do"; " large shoulder pads are in"
  2. inside an enclosed space
  3. to or toward the inside of; " come in"; " smash in the door"
  4. inside e. g. an organization; used as a combining form; " an in- house editor"; " in- home nursing programs"
  5. directed or bound inward; " took the in bus"; " the in basket"
  6. holding office; " the in party"
  7. not out; " it's ten o'clock and the children are in"; " the tide is in"
  8. a unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot
  9. currently fashionable; " the in thing to do"; " large shoulder pads are in"
  10. The specific signification of in is situation or place with respect to surrounding, environment, encompassment, etc. It is used with verbs signifying being, resting, or moving within limits, or within circumstances or conditions of any kind conceived of as limiting, confining, or investing, either wholly or in part. In its different applications, it approaches some of the meanings of, and sometimes is interchangeable with, within, into, on, at, of, and among.
  11. With reference to space or place; as, he lives in Boston; he traveled in Italy; castles in the air.
  12. With reference to circumstances or conditions; as, he is in difficulties; she stood in a blaze of light.
  13. With reference to a whole which includes or comprises the part spoken of; as, the first in his family; the first regiment in the army.
  14. With reference to physical surrounding, personal states, etc., abstractly denoted; as, I am in doubt; the room is in darkness; to live in fear.
  15. With reference to character, reach, scope, or influence considered as establishing a limitation; as, to be in one's favor.
  16. With reference to a limit of time; as, in an hour; it happened in the last century; in all my life.
  17. Not out; within; inside. In, the preposition, becomes an adverb by omission of its object, leaving it as the representative of an adverbial phrase, the context indicating what the omitted object is; as, he takes in the situation ( i. e., he comprehends it in his mind); the Republicans were in ( i. e., in office); in at one ear and out at the other ( i. e., in or into the head); his side was in ( i. e., in the turn at the bat); he came in ( i. e., into the house).
  18. A reentrant angle; a nook or corner.
  19. To inclose; to take in; to harvest.
  20. A prefix from Eng. prep. in, also from Lat. prep. in, meaning in, into, on, among; as, inbred, inborn, inroad; incline, inject, intrude. In words from the Latin, in- regularly becomes il- before l, ir- before r, and im- before a labial; as, illusion, irruption, imblue, immigrate, impart. In- is sometimes used with an simple intensive force.
  21. An inseparable prefix, or particle, meaning not, non-, un- as, inactive, incapable, inapt. In- regularly becomes il- before l, ir- before r, and im- before a labial.
  22. Within.
  23. An inseparable prefix, or particle, meaning not, non-, un- as, inactive, incapable, inapt. regularly becomes il- before l, ir- before r, and im- before a labial.
  24. With reference to movement or tendency toward a certain limit or environment; - sometimes equivalent to into; as, to put seed in the ground; to fall in love; to end in death; to put our trust in God.
  25. With privilege or possession; - used to denote a holding, possession, or seisin; as, in by descent; in by purchase; in of the seisin of her husband.
  26. One who is in office; - the opposite of out.
  27. Shows physical surrounding; as, clothed in purple; lost in the night; denotes being surrounded by activities, interests, etc.; as, in business; in trouble; in work up to his ears; signifies within a state or condition; as, still in death; in wintertime; indicates wholes; as, he was the most prominen man in town; means within; as, he lies now in his tomb; means into; as, go in the house.
  28. Indicates direction; as, he went in; nearness, or at home; as, my master is in; position in general in relation to surroundings, etc.
  29. Denotes presence or situation in place, time, or circumstances- within, during: by or through.
  30. Within: not out.
  31. Prefix denoting negation or absence. Words compounded with it, and not found below, may be explained by adding not, or want of, to the simple word.
  32. Within; during; by; with.
  33. A nook or corner; one who or that which is in, as in office.
  34. Enclosed in a place or state.
  35. Into a place or state.
  36. Close by.
  37. Denoting the object surrounded by; among; toward; by means of.
  38. In; into; on; as, inflame.
  39. Not; without; un-. The following is a list of unimportant or self defining words with this prefix. In all cases, in- as here used has the meaning of " want or lack of," " freedom from," " not," simply reversing the meaning of the main portion of the word ( as indecorum, lack of decorum; indevout, not devout).
  40. A public house; tavern, hotel.
  41. Within; not out; into. In the name of, by authority of. To be or keep in with, to be or keep close or near; to be or keep friendly with.
  42. Presence in place, time, or state; within; during; by, or through, means of.
  43. A Latin prefix, which assumes the form of ig, il, im, ir, and signifies in, into, on, & c., in verbs and nouns, and not in adjectives.
  44. Placed before an object, in is used to indicate a variety of relations; within; inside of; not outside of; during, as in the year; by or through; on account of; out of, as nine in ten.
  45. Within some place; not out; denoting entrance; closely; often used for into, as lie will come in, that is, into the house; used without the object being expressed, as our party is in, and our opponents are out, that is, in office, and out of office; in blank, signed with the name only, and without other significant writing; in that, because; for the reason that; ins and outs, nooks and corners; in the name of, in behalf of; on the part of; a common phrase in invoking, swearing, or praying.
  46. In, as a prefix, with its forms ig, il, im, ir, signifies in, into, on, in verbs and nouns, as include, to shut in, incur, to run into; followed by l, in becomes il, as in illuminate, to throw light on; followed by b p, or m, in becomes im, as in immure, to put within walls, imbibe, to drink in, import, to carry in; followed by r, in becomes ir, as in irrigate, to let water flow on.
  47. In, as a prefix, with its forms ig, il, im, ir, signifies not in adjectives, as incorrect, not correct; followed by an, in becomes g, which, however, is suppressed, and in really becomes i, as in ignoble, not noble, ignorant, not knowing; followed by l, in becomes il, as in illicit, not permitted; followed by p or m, in becomes im, as in immature, not ripe, imprudent, not prudent; followed by r, in becomes ir, as in irregular, not according to rule.

Usage examples for in

  1. But I was told so- in a letter. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  2. What was Dr. Khayme in all this? – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  3. Shall we let 'em in? – Over the Line by Harold M. Sherman
  4. " Don't go in," I said. – Holland, v. 1 (of 2) by Edmondo de Amicis
  5. " There's something in it. – The Woman in Black by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
  6. You are in the Right. – The Toy Shop (1735) The King and the Miller of Mansfield (1737) by Robert Dodsley
  7. You don't live in Marley, do you?" – Two Boys and a Fortune by Matthew White, Jr.
  8. And they believe in me? – A Little Bush Maid by Mary Grant Bruce
  9. Do you see anything in that? – A Diary Without Dates by Enid Bagnold
  10. " Cosmo, ye ken maist aboot the guid in fowk, an' I ken maist aboot the ill," said Aggie. – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  11. " Your people must know all about it, and like me, and tell me I'm nice enough, if we are going on in the same old way. – Furze the Cruel by John Trevena
  12. There is no hope for us but in you. – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  13. What did the Fosses see in him? – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  14. Why should you believe in me? – Alias The Lone Wolf by Louis Joseph Vance
  15. I'll put it in this way, then: Was he in love with you? – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  16. What is in I should know? – At Love's Cost by Charles Garvice
  17. In course I don't; how should I? – The Red Eric by R.M. Ballantyne
  18. Oh, I must have him in bed with me, May. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  19. He resteth now in Newgate. – Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592 by Arthur Acheson
  20. He was in the woods. – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
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