1. verb To be found or located inside some place or thing. The pasta is usually in the cupboard—check the top shelf.
2. verb To be involved in or a part of something. The judges chose our project to be in the finals!
3. verb To be willing to become involved in or contribute to something. I know this project isn't going to be easy, but I'm in nonetheless.
4. verb To be currently (and usually temporarily) fashionable or trendy. Haven't you heard? Wearing knee-high socks is in now!
5. verb To be in an elected position. Those guys won't be in for much longer, thanks to the upcoming election.
6. verb To be inside a particular place. The kids are all in now—I just did a head count.
7. verb To be in close association with someone or some group. In this usage, the phrase is usually accompanied by "with." I'm worried about Johnny—I think he's in with a dangerous group of people. I wish I were in with my brother's friends—they're all so cool!
8. verb To anticipate or be very likely to experience something, usually that which will be unpleasant or undesirable. In this usage, the phrase is usually accompanied by "for." They just called another general meeting with the staff. It looks like we're in for more bad news.
9. verb To be involved with or a part of something for a particular reason or purpose. More usually "be in it for." I'm not really that concerned with the nonprofit work itself. I'm in it for the boost it will give my career.
10. verb To be in prison or similarly detained for a particular reason. In this usage, the phrase is usually accompanied by "for." What are you in for? My brother is in for stealing a car.
11. verb To be participating or involved in something, often something secret or exclusive. In this usage, the phrase is usually accompanied by "on." The conspiracy ran deep, and several members of the administration were in on it. Wow, that really was a surprise. Were you in on planning this?
12. noun A countercultural gathering generally associated with the hippie movement of the 1960s. The "Human Be-In" of 1967 is perhaps the most famous example. In this usage, the phrase is typically hyphenated. Are you going to the be-in on Saturday?
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1. To be located inside something: The spare keys are in the glove compartment.
2. To have been put or have come inside: You can close the door now; the cat is in.
3. To have successfully become a part or participant: The baseball team struggled to make the playoffs, but now they are in.
4. To have been elected or appointed to a political office: The current administration is in for at least one more term.
5. To be a consenting participant: The old bank robbers showed the young thief their plans and asked whether he was in.
6. To be fashionable or trendy: Narrow ties were in during the early 1960s and early 1980s.
7. be in for To be subject to something imminently: If you haven't read her books before, then you are in for a great surprise. Those dark clouds make me think that we are in for some wet weather.
8. be in for To participate in an activity, offering or risking something on its behalf: As far as painting the house goes, we are in for a day's work, but no more. We all placed our bets, and I was in for $10.
9. be in on To be aware of or to participate in some information shared with others or some group activity: I am not in on their plans, so I don't know what they are going to do. Are you in on our secret?
10. be in with To be on good terms with someone, especially with a group, to one's potential advantage: Although he is poor, he is in with the rich crowd and always goes on expensive trips with them.
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