prepositions starting with I
In- (prep.) A prefix from Eng. prep. in, also from Lat. prep. in, meaning in, into, on, among; as, inbred, inborn, inroad; inc
In (prep.) 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.
In (prep.) With reference to space or place; as, he lives in Boston; he traveled in Italy; castles in the air.
In (prep.) With reference to circumstances or conditions; as, he is in difficulties; she stood in a blaze of light.
In (prep.) 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.
In (prep.) With reference to physical surrounding, personal states, etc., abstractly denoted; as, I am in doubt; the room is in darkness; to live in fear.
In (prep.) With reference to character, reach, scope, or influence considered as establishing a limitation; as, to be in one's favor.
In (prep.) 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.
In (prep.) With reference to a limit of time; as, in an hour; it happened in the last century; in all my life.
Into (prep.) To the inside of; within. It is used in a variety of applications.
Into (prep.) Expressing entrance, or a passing from the outside of a thing to its interior parts; -- following verbs expressing motion; as, come into the house; go into the church; one stream falls or runs into another; water enters into the fine vessels of plants.
Into (prep.) Expressing penetration beyond the outside or surface, or access to the inside, or contents; as, to look into a letter or book; to look into an apartment.
Into (prep.) Indicating insertion; as, to infuse more spirit or animation into a composition.
Into (prep.) Denoting inclusion; as, put these ideas into other words.
Into (prep.) Indicating the passing of a thing from one form, condition, or state to another; as, compound substances may be resolved into others which are more simple; ice is convertible into water, and water into vapor; men are more easily drawn than forced into compliance; we may reduce many distinct substances into one mass; men are led by evidence into belief of truth, and are often enticed into the commission of crimes'into; she burst into tears; children are sometimes frightened into>
Inwith (prep.) Within.
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