Pronounced ɪntu: or ɪntu:, particularly before pronouns and for meaning 14.
In addition to the uses shown below, into is used after some verbs and nouns in order to introduce extra information. Into is also used with verbs of movement, such as `walk' and `push', and in phrasal verbs such as `enter into' and `talk into'.
1 prep If you put one thing into another, you put the first thing inside the second.
Combine the remaining ingredients and put them into a dish..., Until the 1980s almost all olives were packed into jars by hand.
2 prep If you go into a place or vehicle, you move from being outside it to being inside it.
I have no idea how he got into Iraq..., He got into bed and started to read.
3 prep If one thing goes into another, the first thing moves from the outside to the inside of the second thing, by breaking or damaging the surface of it.
The rider came off and the handlebar went into his neck.
4 prep If one thing gets into another, the first thing enters the second and becomes part of it.
Poisonous smoke had got into the water supply...
5 prep If you are walking or driving a vehicle and you bump into something or crash into something, you hit it accidentally.
A train plowed into the barrier at the end of the platform...
6 prep When you get into a piece of clothing, you put it on.
She could change into a different outfit in two minutes...
7 prep If someone or something gets into a particular state, they start being in that state.
v PREP n, n PREP n
I slid into a depression.
8 prep If you talk someone into doing something, you persuade them to do it.
v n PREP n/-ing
Gerome tried to talk her into taking an apartment in Paris.
9 prep If something changes into something else, it then has a new form, shape, or nature.
...his attempt to turn a nasty episode into a joke.
10 prep If something is cut or split into a number of pieces or sections, it is divided so that it becomes several smaller pieces or sections.
Sixteen teams are taking part, divided into four groups...
11 prep An investigation into a subject or event is concerned with that subject or event.
n PREP n
The concert will raise funds for research into Aids...
12 prep If you move or go into a particular career or business, you start working in it.
In the early 1990s, it was easy to get into the rental business...
13 prep If something continues into a period of time, it continues until after that period of time has begun.
He had three children, and lived on into his sixties...
14 prep If you are very interested in something and like it very much, you can say that you are into it.
INFORMAL v-link PREP n
I'm into electronics myself.