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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
preposition 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.
  1. With reference to space or place; as, he lives in Boston; he traveled in Italy; castles in the air. "The babe lying in a manger." [Luke ii. 16.]"Thy sun sets weeping in the lowly west." [Shak.]"Situated in the forty-first degree of latitude." [Gibbon.]"Matter for censure in every page." [Macaulay.]
  2. With reference to circumstances or conditions; as, he is in difficulties; she stood in a blaze of light. "Fettered inamorous chains." [Shak.]"Wrapt in sweet sounds, as in bright veils." [Shelley.]
  3. 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. "Nine in ten of those who enter the ministry." [Swift.]
  4. With reference to physical surrounding, personal states, etc., abstractly denoted; as, I am in doubt; the room is in darkness; to live in fear. "When shall we three meet again, In thunder, lightning, or in rain?" [Shak.]
  5. With reference to character, reach, scope, or influence considered as establishing a limitation; as, to be in one's favor." Insight of God's high throne." [Milton.]"Sounds inharmonious in themselves, and harsh." [Cowper.]
  6. 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. "He would not plunge his brother in despair." [Addison.]"She had no jewels to deposit in their caskets." [Fielding.]
  7. With reference to a limit of time; as, in an hour; it happened in the last century; in all my life.
    synonyms: Into; within; on; at. See At.

Etymology: AS. in; akin to D. & G. in, Icel. ī, Sw. & Dan. i, OIr. & L. in, Gr. 'en. √197. Cf. 1st In- Inn

adverb In
  1. 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 ini. e. in office); in at one ear and out at the other (i. e. in or into the head); his side was ini. e. in the turn at the bat); he came ini. e., into the house."Their vacation . . . falls in so pat with ours." [Lamb.]
  2. [Law] 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.

Note: ☞ The sails of a vessel are said, in nautical language, to be in when they are furled, or when stowed. In certain cases in has an adjectival sense; as, the in train (i. e., the incoming train); compare up grade, down grade, undertow, afterthought, etc.

noun In
  1. One who is in office; -- the opposite of out.
  2. A reëntrant angle; a nook or corner."All the ins and outs of this neighborhood." [D. Jerrold.]

Note: Usually in the plural

verb In
To inclose; to take in; to harvest.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A state in midwestern United States
  2. A unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot
  3. A rare soft silvery metallic element; occurs in small quantities in sphalerite
  4. Currently fashionable ("the in thing to do" and "large shoulder pads are in")
  5. Directed or bound inward ("took the in bus" and "the in basket")
  6. Holding office ("the in party")
  7. To or toward the inside of ("come in" and "smash in the door")

Notable Persons Named In

In Gyo-jin is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2000. In was born on August 29th, 1980 in Jochiwon, Yeongi County, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. In is also known as Do Yi-sung.


In Tam was a Speaker of Parliament, SpeakerofParliament, Minister for the Interior, and Ministry of Interior (Cambodia). In was born on September 22nd, 1922 in Kampong Cham Province. He breathed his last breath on April 1st, 2006.


In was born on August 14th, 1965. In is also known as Tia Lorentzen.


In was born in 1955.


in 2011. Erni Mangold is an actress. She was most active from 1948 to present. in was born on January 25th, 1927 in Großweikersdorf.


In was born on December 20th, 1961 in Cheonan.


Notable Persons With the Last Name In

Jung In is a k-pop singing. They have been prominent since 2002. Jung was given the name Choi Jung-in on December 7th, 1980 in South Korea. Jung is also known as Choi and Jung-In.


Lee In is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1998. Lee was born on June 14th, 1984 in South Korea. Lee is also known as Lee Joon, Lee, and Joon.



Ryota In is an athlete for the Tokyo Musashino City FC.


Leong Chon In is an athlete for the G.D. Lam Pak.


Leong Chong In is an athlete for the Serviços de Alfândega.


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Popularity of In as a last name

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Common last names for In

  • Kim
  • Lee
  • Park
  • Chung
  • Kang
  • Han
  • Cho
  • Choi
  • Song
  • Oh
  • Yi
  • Chong

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity In U.S.
  White 4.02% 64.26%
  African American 0.34% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 91.35% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.88% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name In

People with the last name In are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name In

  • How Popular is the name In? In is the 60,987th most popular name of all time. As a last name In was the 18,507th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name In have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 21 babies born with the first name In in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named In? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1956 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was In first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name In is Thursday, May 3rd, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named In born? The highest recorded use of the first name In was in 1956 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Random In Factoid: According to the 1956 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name In is not a popular baby girl's name in Kansas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1956.
  • Weird things about the name In: Your name in reverse order is Ni. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ni. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name In? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,492 people with the last name In.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of In? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with In as their last name since less than 1 person in 196k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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