in: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (in), [key]
— prep., adv., adj., n., v., inned, in•ning.
- (used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits): walking in the park.
- (used to indicate inclusion within something abstract or immaterial): in politics; in the autumn.
- (used to indicate inclusion within or occurrence during a period or limit of time): in ancient times; a task done in ten minutes.
- (used to indicate limitation or qualification, as of situation, condition, relation, manner, action, etc.): to speak in a whisper; to be similar in appearance.
- (used to indicate means): sketched in ink; spoken in French.
- (used to indicate motion or direction from outside to a point within) into: Let's go in the house.
- (used to indicate transition from one state to another): to break in half.
- (used to indicate object or purpose): speaking in honor of the event.
- because; inasmuch as: In that you won't have time for supper, let me give you something now.
- in or into some place, position, state, relation, etc.: Please come in.
- on the inside; within.
- in one's house or office.
- in office or power.
- in possession or occupancy.
- having the turn to play, as in a game.
- (of an infielder or outfielder) in a position closer to home plate than usual; short: The third baseman played in, expecting a bunt.
- on good terms; in favor: He's in with his boss, but he doubts it will last.
- in vogue; in style: He says straw hats will be in this year.
- in season: Watermelons will soon be in.
- to be bound to undergo something, esp. a disagreeable experience: We are in for a long speech.
- about to suffer chastisement or unpleasant consequences, esp. of one's own actions or omissions: I forgot our anniversary again, and I'll be in for it now.
- on friendly terms with; familiar or associating with: They are in with all the important people.
- located or situated within; inner; internal: the in part of a mechanism.
- the in place to dine; Her new novel is the in book to read this summer.
- in favor with advanced or sophisticated people; fashionable; stylish:the in place to dine; Her new novel is the in book to read this summer.
- comprehensible only to a special or ultrasophisticated group:an in joke.
- well-liked; included in a favored group.
- inward; incoming; inbound: an in train.
- plentiful; available.
- being in power, authority, control, etc.: a member of the in party.
- playing the last nine holes of an eighteen-hole golf course (opposed to out): His in score on the second round was 34.
- Usually,persons in office or political power (distinguished from outs).
- a member of the political party in power: The election made him an in.
- pull or influence; a social advantage or connection: He's got an in with the senator.
- (in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) a return or service that lands within the in-bounds limits of a court or section of a court (opposed to out).
- Indiana (approved esp. for use with zip code).
— Symbol, Chem.
- a prefix representing English in (income; indwelling; inland, etc.), but used also as a verb-formative with transitive, intensive, or sometimes little apparent force (intrust; inweave, etc.). It often assumes the same forms assuch as
- a prefix of Latin origin meaning primarily “in,” but used also as a verb-formative with the same force as(incarcerate; incantation).
- a prefix of Latin origin, corresponding to English un-, having a negative or privative force, freely used as an English formative, esp. of adjectives and their derivatives and of nouns (inattention; indefensible; inexpensive; inorganic; invariable). It assumes the same phonetic phases as(impartial; immeasurable; illiterate; irregular, etc.). In French, it became en- and thus occurs unfelt in such words as enemy (French ennemi, Latin inimicus, lit., not friendly).
- a suffix, occurring in adjectives of Greek and Latin origin, meaning “pertaining to,” and (in nouns thence derived) also imitated in English (coffin; cousin, etc.).
- a noun suffix used in a special manner in chemical and mineralogical nomenclature (glycerin; acetin, etc.). In spelling, usage wavers between -in and -ine. In chemistry a certain distinction of use is attempted, basic substances having the termination -ine rather than -in (aconitine; aniline, etc.), and -in being restricted to certain neutral compounds, glycerides, glucosides, and proteids (albumin; palmitin, etc.), but this distinction is not always observed.
- a suffixal use of the adverbextracted fromforming compound nouns, usually from verbs, referring to organized protests through or in support of the named activity (kneel-in; chain-in; be-in) or, more generally, to any organized social or cultural activity (cook-in; sing-in).
- inch; inches.
- in (Thesaurus)