1. To access or enter some place. No, I forgot my key, so I can't get in.
2. To reach some destination. What time does your plane get in? It's a long drive, so we won't get in until after midnight.
3. To be admitted into something, often an academic institution. She applied to some really good schools, but with her grades, I'm afraid she won't get in.
4. To use one's position or influence to cause someone to gain admittance to some organization or place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "in." I heard you were a member of that club. Do you think you could get me in? I'm on the list for tonight's show, so I can probably get you in, too.
5. To manage to do something within a specific time frame. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "in." I just need to get in another five minutes of sleep before the alarm goes off again. I always like to get in a few more reps before the end of my workout.
6. To reach a particular state or condition. I'm trying to get in shape for the wedding, but I hate going to the gym.
7. To join or become a part of something. We need to get in on Joe's latest money-making scheme! Don't worry about getting in with the popular kids at school—just focus on your studies.
1. To use, access, or interfere with something, usually without permission to do so. A: "It seems the cats got into their treats while we were at work today." B: "Yep, I just found the empty bag completely torn in half."
2. To enter some place or thing. When did you get in? I didn't even hear the door open. Oh, I got into the office early today. Get in the car—I'll tell you what happened on the way.
3. To cause someone to be able to enter something. This code will get you into the bathroom.
4. To be granted admission to a particular school or program. I can't believe I got in to Harvard!
5. To become interested in something. My daughter has gotten into sports all of sudden and really wants to take tennis lessons. Ugh, I just can't get into that show—the acting is terrible.
6. To work in a particular area or industry. I used to be a lawyer, but I've gotten into nonprofit work these days.
7. To dress oneself in a particular article of clothing. I'm having a hard time getting into this dress—can you zip it for me?
8. To cause someone or something to act in a surprising or unusual way. Wow, what has gotten into you? I can't believe you're just not going to work today.
9. To enter a particular state or condition. We need to get the whole house in order before grandma gets here. I got in trouble for talking during class.
get into it
1. To begin discussing something, perhaps in detail. A: "What exactly happened last night?" B: "Ugh, I don't want to get into it right now."
2. To engage in a verbal or physical altercation with someone. I can't believe you got into it with the biggest kid in your class. Oh, the florist quit after he got into it with the mother of the bride over the price of flowers.
get someone or something in(to) somethingand get someone or something in
to manage to fit someone or something into something. I will try to get you into the beginning of the line. The key is bent, but I think I can get it in. He struggled to get in the key.
get someone in(to) something
1. Lit. to manage to put someone into a confining area or into clothing. I couldn't get Billy into his boots!
2. Fig. to manage to get someone enrolled into a school, club, organization, class, etc.; to manage to get someone accepted into something. Somehow, we managed to get Jody into a fine private school. We got her in the group at last! Well, I managed to get myself into the class I wanted.
get something in(to) someone
to make something enter someone or something. Get that morphine into her before she goes into shock. Let's get some food into him. He looks starved.
get something in(to) something
to manage to put something into something. I got the notice into tomorrow's newspaper. I will get the replacement battery into the car right away.
get into something
1. to tamper with something; to open something and disturb the contents. Who got into my desk? Someone has been getting into my work after the office closes.
2. to put oneself into clothing. As soon as I get into this coat, I will help you load the car. Let me get into my boots, and then I'll be with you.
3. to enter something or some place. I got into the theater just before the rainstarted. Let's get into the car and go.
4. Sl. to become involved in something; to develop an interest in something. I can really get into sailing, I think. No matter how hard I try, I can't get into basketball.
5. to enter a particular type of business; to deal in a particular product in business. Yes, I used to work for the government, but now have gotten into private industry.
1. Enter a place, as in We managed to get in just before the doors closed. [First half of 1500s]
2. Arrive, as in We got in late last night. [Early 1600s]
3. Be elected to office or become accepted, as in a club. For example, Marge asked the club if she could get in. The variant get into takes an object, as in Things changed after he got into office. [Late 1500s]
4. Succeed in including, delivering, or finishing something, as in Can you get in that last paragraph? or I hope you'll get it in on time. Also see get in with.
1. Become involved in, as in He got into trouble by stealing cars, or I don't want to get into the long history of this problem. [Early 1700s]
2. Put on clothes, as in Wait till I get into my suit. [Late 1600s]
3. Take possession of one, cause to act differently or inappropriately, as in You're leaving it to the animal shelter? What has got into you? or I don't know what gets into you children. [Late 1800s]
4. See be into. Also see subsequent entries beginning with get into.
1. To enter something: Please get in the back seat. We opened the door of the car and got in.
2. To arrive: He got in late last night.
3. To become accepted to some institution, such as a school or club: I applied to cooking school and, fortunately, I got in.
4. To cause someone or something to come to or be admitted to a place: Please get the children in before noon. The standards of the school are high, but your good grades will get you in.
5. To succeed in making or doing something within a restricted period of time: The milk truck got six deliveries in before noon. The postal carrier got in the entire route before 2:00.
6. To attain some condition, especially unwittingly: The hooligans got in trouble for disrupting the picnic.
7. To put something into some condition: We got the car in good condition for the long trip. The runner got in great shape for the marathon.
8. get in on To gain access to or knowledge of something: At the dance club, we got in on the latest dance moves. Everybody wanted to get in on the secret.
9. get in with To become involved with something, especially with some group: She got in with a bad group of people.
1. To attain some condition: The kids got into trouble for being late. I got into good physical shape by running every day.
2. To cause someone or something to enter or be admitted to some place: This round key will get you into the house. My good grades got me into a good school.
3. To put something into some condition: We need to get your papers into proper order.
4. Slang To become interested in or enthusiastic about something: They got into gourmet cooking.
get into something
in. to become deeply involved with something. I got into computers when I was in junior high school.