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1. To wish to enter (some place). A: "What's that scratching noise?" B: "Oh, the dog just wants in."
2. To desire to be included in or a part of something. I know you all are cooking up some scheme to rob this place, and I want in! You have to prove the potential of your company before investors will want in.
3. To desire or require that someone or something be present some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "want" and "in." We have a busy day tomorrow, so I want all of you in by 8 AM at the latest. The staff all want a coffee machine in the employee lounge.
4. To desire that someone else be included or participate in something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "want" and "in." Often followed by "on (something)." I've got a great idea for a movie, and I want you in it! We want only the best and brightest in on our newest project.
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want someone or something in something
to desire that someone or something be in something or some place. I want you in my office immediately. I want some coffee in this room now!
want in (something)and want into (something)
to want to come into something or some place. It's cold out here! I want into the house. The dog wants in.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Desire to enter, as in The cat wants in. The antonym is want out, as in The dog wants out. [First half of 1800s]
2. Wish to join a business, project, or other undertaking, as in Some investors want in but have not yet been admitted. Again, the antonym is want out, as in Many Quebec residents want out of Canada. [Mid-1900s]
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 desire entrance: The dog wants in.
2. To wish to join a project, business, or other undertaking: Ever since they've seen our success, they all want in. I want in on the deal.
3. To desire that someone join a project, business, or other undertaking: Do you want me in on this project or not?
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.