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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyplug into
he/she/itplugs into
present participleplugging into
past tenseplugged into
past participleplugged into
  1. 1
    plug something into something to connect a piece of equipment to an electricity supply or to another piece of equipment

    First plug the keyboard into your computer.

    1. a.
      plug into something if a piece of equipment plugs into something, it is connected to an electricity supply or to another piece of equipment

      The mouse plugs into a serial port.

    2. b.
      plug into something if you plug into a larger computer system, your computer becomes connected to it and you can get information from it

      Plug into computer networks and you’ll find a mine of useless information.

  2. 2
    plug into something to become connected or involved with someone or something and get some benefit from them

    With this latest book, she is clearly hoping to plug into the international market.

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