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adjective, adverb, preposition
  1. 1
    used for showing where someone or something is
    1. a.
      inside a container, room, building, vehicle, etc.

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    2. b.
      within an area, city, or country

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    3. c.
      at home, or at your office

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    4. d.
      within an object, space, or substance

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    5. e.
      at a specific part of something

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    6. g.
      a ball that is in during a game such as tennis or basketball is within the area of play

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  2. 4
    used for showing when something happens
    1. c.
      within a period of time

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  3. 11
    used for describing ways of writing, drawing, or painting
  4. 14
    used for mentioning the book, movie, etc. where someone/something appears
  5. 19
    used for saying that something breaks or falls inward

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  6. 26
    if the tide is in or comes in, the ocean has reached or is reaching its highest level on the land

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sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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dish

to gossip or share personal information with someone …

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