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Definition of "in" [in]

  • Within the limits, bounds, or area of: was hit in the face; born in the spring; a chair in the garden. (preposition)
  • From the outside to a point within; into: threw the letter in the wastebasket. (preposition)
  • To or at a situation or condition of: was split in two; in debt; a woman in love. (preposition)
  • Having the activity, occupation, or function of: a life in politics; the officer in command. (preposition)
  • During the act or process of: tripped in racing for the bus. (preposition)
  • Inside; within (preposition)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • At a place where there is (preposition)
  • Indicating a state, situation, or condition (preposition)
  • Before or when (a period of time) has elapsed (preposition)
  • Using (a language, etc) as a means of communication (preposition)
  • Concerned or involved with, esp as an occupation (preposition)
  • Expressing a ratio, proportion, or probability (preposition)
  • While or by performing the action of; as a consequence of or by means of (preposition)
  • Used to indicate goal or purpose (preposition)
  • (used of certain animals) about to give birth to; pregnant with (specified offspring) (preposition)
  • In or into a particular place; inward or indoors (adverb)
  • So as to achieve office, power, or authority (adverb)
  • So as to enclose (adverb)
  • (in certain games) so as to take one's turn or one's team's turn at a certain aspect of the play; taking one's innings (adverb)
  • (of a fire) alight (adverb)
  • Indicating an activity or gathering, esp one organized to protest against something (adverb)
  • Fashionable; modish (adjective)
  • Competing (adjective)

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Use "in" in a sentence
  • "The rule as regards this is plain and simple: admit as much fresh air as you can; provided it does not _blow in_ upon you _in a stream_, and provided you are not in a state of profuse perspiration at the time; for in accordance with the"
  • "Paulson, who has large positions in gold via the GLD ETF, bragged that “in addition to maneuvering our investment strategy based on where we are in the economic cycle, a large part of our success has been based on anticipating market events before they are generally recognized."
  • "Marine base in the province until, one day soon, the American military can install him in an  “abandoned government building”  or simple  "a clump of ruins"  in that city."