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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theygo into
he/she/itgoes into
present participlegoing into
past tensewent into
past participlegone into
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  1. 1
    go into something to start working in a particular type of job or business
    Alex has decided to go into nursing.
    Eric went into the army right after school.
  2. 2
    go into something to change to a different movement, state, or condition, usually a worse one
    Her car went into a dangerous spin.
    Fur sales went into a steep decline last month.
    One of the victims went into a coma and died.
  3. 3
    go into something to talk about something in a lot of detail
    That’s a good question, but I don’t want to go into it now.
    The company is refusing to go into detail about its offer.
  4. 4
    go into something to be used or spent in order to do something
    Over 50% of the budget went into the design of the equipment.
    go into doing something: Months of hard work have gone into making tonight’s ceremony a success.
  5. 5
    go into something to start an explanation or statement, especially a long and boring one
    He went into a long rant about the high price of petrol.
  6. 6
    go into something if a smaller number goes into a larger number, the larger number can be divided by the smaller a particular number of times
    5 goes into 25 5 times.
    4 into 20 goes 5.
    9 into 23 won’t go.
  7. 7
    go into something to crash into something
    The truck swerved violently and went into a wall.
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