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1. To become assimilated into and accepted by a group. I just don't fit in with any of the kids at my new school.
2. To be suitable to or work harmoniously with something. Working in a research lab really fits in with my shy personality.
3. To be able to be placed within something because there is sufficient space. Do these papers fit into that file? I know it's practically bulging at the seams.
4. To be able to place something within something because there is sufficient space. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "fit" and "in(to)." Can you fit these papers into that file? I know it's practically bulging at the seams.
5. To make something function or exist suitably within something else, such as a text or film. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "fit" and "in," while one is always used between "fit" and "into." You're trying to fit an awful lot of characters into this story, Mike. You should consider trimming them down a bit. The studio executives wanted us to fit in a love story, but I just don't know how that's going to work in a horror film like this.
6. To be able to accommodate or include someone or something, typically in one's schedule. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "fit" and "in," while noun or pronoun is always used between "fit" and "into." I'd like to fit in a workout at the gym before dinner. The doctor said he can fit you into his schedule this afternoon.
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fit someone or something in(to) somethingand fit someone or something in
to manage to place someone or something into something. I think I can fit you into my schedule. I have fit in three people already today. The shelf is tight, but I think I can fit one more book in.
(somehow) (with something) to match up or harmonize with something in some fashion. Your itinerary fits in well with my plans. This fits in very poorly with what I had planned.
(with someone or something) to be comfortable with someone or something; to be in accord or harmony with someone or something. I really feel as if I fit in with that group of people. It's good that you fit in. This chair doesn't fit in with the style of furniture in my house.
fit in(to) something
[for something] to be a suitable size to go into something. This peg does not fit into this hole. That huge sofa simply doesn't fit in through the door.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Also, fit into. Provide a place or time for. For example, We can't fit in another appointment-there's no time, or That tree won't fit into the hole you've dug. [Late 1600s]
2. fit in with. Be suited to, belong. For example, I just don't fit in with this group, or Her mood fitted in with the sad occasion.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To be easily accommodated; fit: The puzzle piece fits in here.
2. To belong to a group or to have similarities with members of a group: I never fit in with the popular crowd at school. The kids felt awkward in their new school, but soon they found that they fit in well.
3. To be logically or seamlessly related to something; mesh: My role as supervisor fits in with my authoritative personality.
4. To cause something to be placed or accommodated within specific limits: I don't know if we can fit the paragraph in the space provided. We can fit you in at noon.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.