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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygo into
he/she/itgoes into
present participlegoing into
past tensewent into
past participlegone into
  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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