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preposition stronginto pronunciation in British English /ˈɪntuː/ weakinto pronunciation in British English /ˈɪntə/into pronunciation in British English /ˈɪntʊ/
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  1. 1
    used for showing movement
    1. a.
      entering a place, building, or vehicle
      Hundreds of athletes marched into the stadium for the opening ceremony.
      She got into her car and drove away.
      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 towards the deeper part of something
      They marched wearily, their boots sinking into the mud.
      The nurse plunged a needle into my arm.
      Kate scrambled to her feet and dived into the water.
    4. d.
      moving towards 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?
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  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.
    Again, can I remind you to 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
      Jemma 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.
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    2. b.
      used for stating what physical or emotional state someone starts to be in
      She fell into a deep sleep.
      It’s no use getting into a panic, we must keep calm.
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    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 fallen 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.
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    2. b.
      starting to take part in an activity or type of work
      Amy threw herself into the work with great 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).
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  6. 6
    used for stating what you are trying to find out about
    I promise to look into the matter.
    the investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence
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  7. 7
    used for stating what clothes you put on
    You’d better change into some warm clothes.
    Sophie was still trying to get into her wet suit.
  8. 8
    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.
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  9. 9
    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.
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  10. 10
    used for stating what group or organization someone becomes a member of
    .She should never have married into the Royal Family.
    You have to pass the examinations to get into university.
    You need to be recommended by a member to get into the club.
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  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.
    Matthews was still playing first class football 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 got 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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    1. a.
      used when dividing one number by another
      4 into 8 gives you 2.
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