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preposition  strong into pronunciation in American English /ˈɪntu/  weak into pronunciation in American English /ˈɪntə/ into pronunciation in American English /ˈɪntʊ/
  1. 1
    used for showing movement
    1. a.
      entering a place, building, or vehicle

      She got into her car and drove away.

      Hundreds of athletes marched into the stadium for the opening ceremony.

      I wandered into the hotel bar and ordered a drink.

    2. b.
      going inside a container or an empty space

      Slipping his hand into his coat pocket, he felt for his keys.

      Pour the mixture into a large saucepan.

    3. c.
      going through the surface toward the deeper part of something

      The nurse plunged a needle into my arm.

      Kate scrambled to her feet and dived into the water.

      They marched wearily, their boots sinking into the mud.

    4. d.
      moving toward something and hitting it

      Their car had crashed into a tree.

      He was so angry he slammed his fist into the wall.

    5. e.
      arriving somewhere

      Our flight gets into Boston at around 7:30.

      What time did you get into work?

  2. 2
    used for stating what place a road, path, entrance, etc. leads to

    Is there another way into the building?

    There's flooding on all the roads into the city.

  3. 3
    used for stating the direction in which someone or something looks, faces, or points

    She was gazing into the mirror.

    Can you speak into the microphone?

  4. 4
    used for stating the result of a change
    1. a.
      used for stating what someone or something becomes after a change

      Julie had grown into a beautiful woman.

      Our argument was gradually turning into a full-scale battle.

      Freezing temperatures have transformed the lake into a skating rink.

      Roll the dough into a ball.

    2. b.
      used for stating what physical or emotional state someone starts to be in

      The plane suddenly lost altitude, throwing the passengers into a panic.

      She fell into a deep sleep.

    3. c.
      used for stating what language something is translated to

      Her stories have been translated into more than 30 languages.

  5. 5
    starting to be involved in something
    1. a.
      used for stating what bad situation someone starts to become involved in

      Many students have gotten into debt by the time they graduate.

      It was you who got us into this mess in the first place.

      I hope we don't run into any problems.

      She always manages to get into trouble.

    2. b.
      starting to take part in an activity or type of work

      Amy threw herself into the work with enthusiasm.

      He'll probably go into business with his father (=start a company with him).

      Ted is trying to get into the financial industry (=get a job in it).

  6. 6
    used for stating what you are trying to find out about

    I promise to look into the matter.

    the investigation into official misconduct

  7. 7
    used for stating what someone persuades or forces you to do

    He talked us into buying a new washing machine.

    Reservists are being pressed into service to help clean up after the storm.

  8. 8
    used for stating what substance another substance gets mixed with

    How did mercury get into the water supply?

    Stir a little cream into the sauce.

  9. 9
    used for stating what group or organization someone becomes a member of

    .She should never have married into that family.

    You have to have outstanding SAT scores to get into a top college.

  10. 10
    used for stating what clothes you put on

    You'd better change into some warm clothes.

    Sophie was still trying to get into her wetsuit.

  11. 11
    used for saying that something continues for a long time and ends part of the way through a later period

    They went on working late into the night.

    Matt was still playing league baseball well into his forties.

  12. 12
    informal used for stating what activity or subject someone is interested in and enjoys

    Suddenly she's into yoga and things like that.

    At first I didn't really like painting, but now I've really gotten into it.

  13. 13
    used for stating how something is divided

    The 32 teams will be split into eight groups of four.

    They divided the country into four regions.

    Break the chocolate into pieces.



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