Definitions for -in

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. (used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits):

    walking in the park.

  2. (used to indicate inclusion within something abstract or immaterial):

    in politics; in the autumn.

  3. (used to indicate inclusion within or occurrence during a period or limit of time):

    in ancient times; a task done in ten minutes.

  4. (used to indicate limitation or qualification, as of situation, condition, relation, manner, action, etc.):

    to speak in a whisper.

  5. (used to indicate means):

    spoken in French.

  6. (used to indicate motion or direction from outside to a point within) into:

    Let's go in the house.

  7. (used to indicate transition from one state to another):

    to break in half.

  8. (used to indicate object or purpose):

    speaking in honor of the event.

  9. (adv.)in or into some place, position, state, relation, etc.:

    Please come in.

  10. on the inside; within.

  11. in one's house or office.

  12. in office or power.

  13. in possession or occupancy.

  14. having the turn to play, as in a game.

  15. Baseball. (of an infielder or outfielder) in a position closer to home plate than usual; short:

    The third baseman played in.

    Category: Sport

  16. on good terms; in favor:

    in with his boss.

  17. in vogue; in style:

    Hats are in this year.

  18. in season.

  19. (adj.)inner; internal:

    the in part of a mechanism.

  20. in favor with advanced or sophisticated people; fashionable; stylish: comprehensible only to a special group:

    the in place to dine.

    an in joke.

    Category: Informal

  21. included in a favored group.

  22. inbound:

    an in train.

  23. plentiful; available.

  24. being in power:

    the in party.

    Category: Government

  25. (n.)Usu., ins. persons who are in.

    Category: Government

  26. pull or influence:

    He's got an in with the senator.

  27. a valid or playable return or service in sports.

    Category: Sport

Idioms for in:

  1. in for,certain to undergo (a disagreeable experience).

    Category: Idiom

  2. in for it,Slang.about to suffer punishment or unpleasant consequences.

    Category: Idiom, Status (usage)

  3. in like Flynn, circumstances of assured success.

    Category: Idiom

  4. in that,because; inasmuch as.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of in:

bef. 900; ME, OE, c. OFris, OS, OHG


  1. Indiana.

    Category: Abbreviation


  1. indium.

    Category: Chemistry

* Chem. Symbol..


  1. a prefix representing English in (income; indwelling; inland), used also as a verb-formative with transitive, intensive, or sometimes little apparent force (intrust; ingulf).

    Category: Affix

    Ref: It often assumes the same forms as in-2, 4 2 such as en-1 2 1 , em-1 5 1 , im-3. 2 3

Origin of in-:

ME, OE; see in


  1. a prefix of Latin origin meaning primarily “in,” but used also as a verb-formative with the same force as in-1 (incarcerate; incantation).

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Also, il- 3 1 , im- 2 1 , ir-. 4; Compare em-1 5 1 , en-1. 2 1


  1. 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 (indefensible; inexpensive; invariable). It has the same variants before consonants as in-2 (immeasurable; illiterate; irregular, etc.).

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Compare il-2 3 2 , im -2 2 2 , ir-2. 4 2


  1. a noun suffix used in chemical nomenclature (glycerin; acetin). 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 (ammine; aniline), and -in being restricted to certain neutral compounds, glycerides, glucosides, and proteids (albumin), but this distinction is not always observed.

    Category: Chemistry, Mineralogy, Affix

Origin of -in:

< NL -ina. See -ine2


  1. a suffixal use of the adverb in, extracted from sit-in, forming nouns, usu. from verbs, referring to organized protests through or in support of the named activity (kneel-in; pray-in) or, more generally, to any organized social or cultural activity (cook-in; sing-in).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix


  1. inch.

    Category: Weights and Measures

Webster Dictionary

  1. -in

    a suffix. See the Note under -ine

Translations for -in

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


describing an activity usually carried out by groups of people as a form of protest etc

a sit-in; a work-in.

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