What does In mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word In.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inch, innoun

    a unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot

  2. indium, In, atomic number 49noun

    a rare soft silvery metallic element; occurs in small quantities in sphalerite

  3. Indiana, Hoosier State, INadjective

    a state in midwestern United States

  4. in(p)adjective

    holding office

    "the in party"

  5. in(a)adjective

    directed or bound inward

    "took the in bus"; "the in basket"

  6. inadverb

    currently fashionable

    "the in thing to do"; "large shoulder pads are in"

  7. in, inwards, inwardadverb

    to or toward the inside of

    "come in"; "smash in the door"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. In

    has commonly in composition a negative or privative sense, as in the Latin:

  2. Inadverb

    How infamous is the false, fraudulent, and unconscionable person; especially if he be arrived at that consummate and robust degree of falsehood as to play in and out, and show tricks with oaths, the sacredest bonds which the conscience of man can be bound with. Robert South, Sermons.

    I fear me, you'll be in 'till then. William Shakespeare.

    We know the worst can come: 'tis thought upon:
    We cannot shift being in, we must go on. Daniel.

    These pragmatical flies value themselves for being in at every thing, and are found at last to be just good for nothing. Roger L'Estrange.

    Poor rogues talk of court news,
    Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's out. William Shakespeare.

    Must never patriot then declaim at gin,
    Unless, good man, he has been fairly in. Alexander Pope.

    Go to thy fellows; bid them cover the table, serve in the meat, and we will come in to dinner. William Shakespeare.

    He's too big to go in there: what shall I do?
    ———— Let me see't; I'll in, I'll in: follow your friend's advice, I'll in. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    In the said cavity lies loose the shell of some sort of bivalve larger than could be introduced in at either of those holes. John Woodward, on Fossils.

    Is it not more elegible to come in with a smooth gale, than to be tossed at sea with a storm. Collier.

    Next fill the hole with its own earth again,
    And trample with thy feet, and tread it in. John Dryden, Georg.

    The posture of left-handed fencers is so different from that of the right-handed, that you run upon their swords if you push forward; and they are in with you, if you offer to fall back without keeping your guard. Tatler.

  3. Inprep.

    Etymology: in, Latin.

    In school of love are all things taught we see;
    There learn'd this maid of arms the ireful guise. Edward Fairfax.

    Is this place here not sufficient strong
    To guard us in? Samuel Daniel, Civil War.

    The other is only by error and misconceit named the ordinance of Jesus Christ: no one proof is yet brought forth, whereby it may clearly appear to be so in very deed. Richard Hooker.

    Like one of two contending in a prize,
    That thiuks he hath done well in people's eyes. William Shakespeare.

    Sir Edmond Courtney, and the haughty prelate,
    With many more confederates, are in arms. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Danger before, and in, and after the act,
    You needs must grant is great. Samuel Daniel, Civil War.

    However it be in knowledge, I may truly say it is of no use at all in probabilities; for the assent there, being to be determined by the preponderancy, after a due weighing of all the proofs on both sides, nothing is so unfit to assist the mind in that as syllogism. John Locke.

    In all likelihood I brought all my limbs out of the bed, which, 'tis probable, he has not done off the breach. Collier.

    God hath made our eternal and temporal interests, in most cases, very consistent. George Smalridge, Sermons.

    None was so little in their friendships, or so much in that of those whom they had most abused. Letter to Publ. of Dunciad.

    When we would consider eternity a parte ante, what do we but, beginning from ourselves and the present time we are in, repeat in our minds the ideas of years or ages past, with a prospect of proceeding in such addition with all the infinity of numbers? John Locke.

    To feed mens souls, quoth he, is not in man. Hubb. Tale.

    Let usury in general be reduced to five in the hundred, and let that rate be proclaimed to be free and current. Francis Bacon.

    I cannot but lament the common course, which, at least, nine in ten of those who enter into the ministry are obliged to enter. Jonathan Swift.

    I only consider what he, who is allowed to have carried this argument farthest, has said in it. John Locke.

    Now, in the names of all the gods at once,
    Upon what meat does this our Cæsar feed,
    That he is grown so great? William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    In the name of the people,
    And in the power of us the tribunes, we
    Banish him our city. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Now, in the name of honour, sir, I beg you
    That I may see your father's death reveng'd. Dryden.

    King Henry, be thy title right or wrong,
    Lord Clifford vows to fight in thy defence. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Some things they do in that they are men; in that they are wise men, and christian men, some things; some things in that they are men misled, and blinded with error. Richard Hooker.

    He cannot brook such disgrace well, as he shall run into; in that it is a thing of his own search, and against my will. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Those things are done voluntarily by us, which other creatures do naturally, in as much as we might stay our doing of them if we would. Richard Hooker.


  1. in

    "In" is a preposition that indicates location or position within a certain place or boundary. It can also denote being enclosed or surrounded by something. Additionally, "in" can indicate involvement or participation in an activity or state.

  2. In

    In can have different meanings depending on the context: 1. As a preposition, "in" refers to being within or inside something or a location. For example, "The book is in the drawer" or "Let's meet in the park." 2. As an adverb, "in" can indicate involvement or participation. For instance, "She's in the movie" or "He's in a band." 3. As an adjective, "in" can describe something fashionable or trendy. For example, "That outfit is in style" or "Those shoes are in demand." 4. As a noun, "in" can refer to a position of power or influence. For instance, "He's in as the new CEO" or "She's in for a promotion." Overall, the meaning of "in" can vary depending on the context and part of speech.

Webster Dictionary

  1. In

    the specific signification of in is situation or place with respect to surrounding, environment, encompassment, etc. It is used with verbs signifying being, resting, or moving within limits, or within circumstances or conditions of any kind conceived of as limiting, confining, or investing, either wholly or in part. In its different applications, it approaches some of the meanings of, and sometimes is interchangeable with, within, into, on, at, of, and among

  2. In

    with reference to space or place; as, he lives in Boston; he traveled in Italy; castles in the air

  3. In

    with reference to circumstances or conditions; as, he is in difficulties; she stood in a blaze of light

  4. In

    with reference to a whole which includes or comprises the part spoken of; as, the first in his family; the first regiment in the army

  5. In

    with reference to physical surrounding, personal states, etc., abstractly denoted; as, I am in doubt; the room is in darkness; to live in fear

  6. In

    with reference to character, reach, scope, or influence considered as establishing a limitation; as, to be in one's favor

  7. In

    with reference to movement or tendency toward a certain limit or environment; -- sometimes equivalent to into; as, to put seed in the ground; to fall in love; to end in death; to put our trust in God

  8. In

    with reference to a limit of time; as, in an hour; it happened in the last century; in all my life

  9. Inadverb

    not out; within; inside. In, the preposition, becomes an adverb by omission of its object, leaving it as the representative of an adverbial phrase, the context indicating what the omitted object is; as, he takes in the situation (i. e., he comprehends it in his mind); the Republicans were in (i. e., in office); in at one ear and out at the other (i. e., in or into the head); his side was in (i. e., in the turn at the bat); he came in (i. e., into the house)

  10. Inadverb

    with privilege or possession; -- used to denote a holding, possession, or seisin; as, in by descent; in by purchase; in of the seisin of her husband

  11. Innoun

    one who is in office; -- the opposite of out

  12. Innoun

    a reentrant angle; a nook or corner

  13. Inverb

    to inclose; to take in; to harvest


  1. in

    .in is the Internet country code top-level domain for India. The domain is operated by INRegistry under the authority of NIXI, the National Internet Exchange of India. INRegistry was appointed by the government of India. As of 2005, liberalised policies for the .in domain allow unlimited second-level registrations under .in. Unlimited registrations under the previously structured existing zones are also allowed: ⁕.in ⁕.co.in ⁕.firm.in ⁕.net.in ⁕.org.in ⁕.gen.in ⁕.ind.in Six zones are reserved for use by qualified organizations in India: ⁕.ac.in ⁕.edu.in ⁕.res.in ⁕.ernet.in ⁕.gov.in ⁕.mil.in Before the introduction of liberalised registration policies for the .in domain, only 7000 names had been registered between 1992 and 2004. As of March 2010, the number had increased to over 610,000 domain names, with 60% of registrations coming from India, rest from overseas. By October 2011, the number had surpassed 1 million domain names. This domain is popular for domain hacks.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. In

    in, prep. denotes presence or situation in place, time, or circumstances—within, during: consisting of: because of: by or through.—adv. within: not out: in addition to, thrown in.—n. in politics, a member of the party in office: a corner.—adj. In′-and-in′, from animals of the same parentage: with constant and close interaction.—n. a game with four dice.—In as far as, to the extent that; In as much as, Inasmuch as, considering that; In itself, intrinsically, apart from relations; In that, for the reason that.—Ins and outs, nooks and corners: the whole details of any matter.—Be in for a thing, to be destined to receive a thing; Be in it (slang), to be getting on successfully, esp. in a game; Be in with, to have intimacy or familiarity with. [A.S. in; Dut., Ger. in, Ice. í; W. yn, L. in, Gr. en. A.S. also had innan, within; cf. Old High Ger. innana, Sw. innan. In A.S. the prep. in was often interchangeable with the related on.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. in

    The state of any sails in a ship when they are furled or stowed, in opposition to out, which implies that they are set, or extended to assist the ship's course. Hence, in is also used as an order to shorten sail, as "In topgallant-sails." It was moreover an old word for embanking and inclosing; thus Sir Nicholas L'Estrange (Harleian MS. 6395) speaks of him who had "the patent for inning the salt marshes."

Editors Contribution

  1. in

    Go and enter a place or location.

    The children are out playing all day and then came in for dinner in the evening.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

  2. in

    A word to describe an action.

    The grammar - In the country all is well and we all know we are safe.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

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  1. In

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. IN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, In is ranked #18507 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The In surname appeared 1,492 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname In.

    91.3% or 1,363 total occurrences were Asian.
    4% or 60 total occurrences were White.
    2.4% or 36 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 28 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.3% or 5 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'In' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #5

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'In' in Written Corpus Frequency: #12

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'In' in Verbs Frequency: #723

  4. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'In' in Adverbs Frequency: #24

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of In in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of In in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    A butch
    B ravening
    C arbitrary
    D indiscernible

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