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Ou vs. In

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Ounoun

A probably extinct species of Hawaiian honeycreeper, Psittirostra psittacea.

Inpreposition

Used to indicate location, inclusion, or position within spatial, temporal or other limits.

Ounoun

A fellow, guy, bloke.

Inpreposition

Contained by.

‘The dog is in the kennel.’;

Inpreposition

Within.

Inpreposition

Surrounded by.

‘We are in the enemy camp.’; ‘Her plane is in the air.’;

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Inpreposition

Part of; a member of.

‘One in a million.’; ‘She's in band and orchestra.’;

Inpreposition

Pertaining to; with regard to.

‘What grade did he get in English?’; ‘Military letters should be formal in tone, but not stilted.’;

Inpreposition

At the end of a period of time.

‘They said they would call us in a week.’;

Inpreposition

Within a certain elapsed time

‘Are you able to finish this in three hours?’; ‘The massacre resulted in over 1000 deaths in three hours.’;

Inpreposition

During (said of periods of time).

‘in the first week of December;’; ‘Easter falls in the fourth lunar month;’; ‘The country reached a high level of prosperity in his first term.’;

Inpreposition

Coming at the end of a word.

‘English nouns in -ce form their plurals in -s.’;

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Inpreposition

Into.

‘Less water gets in your boots this way.’;

Inpreposition

Used to indicate limit, qualification, condition, or circumstance.

‘In replacing the faucet washers, he felt he was making his contribution to the environment.’;

Inpreposition

Indicating an order or arrangement.

‘My fat rolls around in folds.’;

Inpreposition

Denoting a state of the subject.

‘He stalked away in anger.’; ‘John is in a coma.’;

Inpreposition

Indicates, connotatively, a place-like form of someone's (or something's) personality, as his, her or its psychic and physical characteristics.

‘You've got a friend in me.’; ‘He's met his match in her.’;

Inpreposition

Wearing (an item of clothing).

‘I glanced over at the pretty girl in the red dress.’;

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Inpreposition

Used to indicate means, medium, format, genre, or instrumentality.

Inpreposition

(of something offered or given in an exchange) In the form of, in the denomination of.

‘Please pay me in cash — preferably in tens and twenties.’; ‘The deposit can be in any legal tender, even in gold.’; ‘Her generosity was rewarded in the success of its recipients.’;

Inpreposition

Used to indicate a language, script, tone, etc. of a text, speech, etc.

‘Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5" in C minor is among his most popular.’; ‘His speech was in French, but was simultaneously translated into eight languages.’; ‘When you write in cursive, it's illegible.’;

Inverb

To enclose.

Inverb

To take in; to harvest.

Inadverb

(not comparable) Located indoors, especially at home or the office, or inside something.

‘Is Mr. Smith in?’;

Inadverb

Moving to the interior of a defined space, such as a building or room.

‘Suddenly a strange man walked in.’;

Inadverb

(sports) Still eligible to play, e.g. able to bat in cricket and baseball.

‘He went for the wild toss but wasn't able to stay in.’;

Inadverb

(UK) Abbreviation of in aid of.

‘What's that in?’;

Inadverb

After the beginning of something.

Innoun

A position of power or a way to get it.

‘His parents got him an in with the company’;

Innoun

(sport) The state of a batter/batsman who is currently batting – see innings

Innoun

A re-entrant angle; a nook or corner.

Innoun

abbreviation of inch

Inadjective

In fashion; popular.

‘Skirts are in this year.’;

Inadjective

Incoming.

‘the in train’;

Inadjective

Furled or stowed.

Inadjective

(legal) With privilege or possession; used to denote a holding, possession, or seisin.

‘in by descent; in by purchase; in of the seisin of her husband’;

Inadjective

(cricket) Currently batting.

Inadjective

Having familiarity or involvement with somebody.

Inpreposition

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.

Inpreposition

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.’; ‘Thy sun sets weeping in the lowly west.’; ‘Situated in the forty-first degree of latitude.’; ‘Matter for censure in every page.’;

Inpreposition

With reference to circumstances or conditions; as, he is in difficulties; she stood in a blaze of light.

‘Wrapt in sweet sounds, as in bright veils.’;

Inpreposition

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.’;

Inpreposition

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?’;

Inpreposition

With reference to character, reach, scope, or influence considered as establishing a limitation; as, to be in one's favor.

‘Sounds inharmonious in themselves, and harsh.’;

Inpreposition

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.’; ‘She had no jewels to deposit in their caskets.’;

Inpreposition

With reference to a limit of time; as, in an hour; it happened in the last century; in all my life.

Inadverb

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 in (i. e., in office); in at one ear and out at the other (i. e., in or into the head); his side was in (i. e., in the turn at the bat); he came in (i. e., into the house).

‘Their vacation . . . falls in so pat with ours.’;

Inadverb

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.

Innoun

One who is in office; - the opposite of out.

Innoun

A reëntrant angle; a nook or corner.

‘All the ins and outs of this neighborhood.’;

Inverb

To inclose; to take in; to harvest.

‘He that ears my land spares my team and gives me leave to in the crop.’;

Innoun

a unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot

Innoun

a rare soft silvery metallic element; occurs in small quantities in sphalerite

Innoun

a state in midwestern United States

Inadjective

holding office;

‘the in party’;

Inadjective

directed or bound inward;

‘took the in bus’; ‘the in basket’;

Inadjective

currently fashionable;

‘the in thing to do’; ‘large shoulder pads are in’;

Inadverb

to or toward the inside of;

‘come in’; ‘smash in the door’;

Inadverb

inside an enclosed space

Inpreposition

expressing the situation of something that is or appears to be enclosed or surrounded by something else

‘dressed in their Sunday best’; ‘she saw the bus in the rear-view mirror’; ‘I'm living in London’;

Inpreposition

expressing motion with the result that something ends up within or surrounded by something else

‘don't put coal in the bath’; ‘he got in his car and drove off’;

Inpreposition

expressing a period of time during which an event happens or a situation remains the case

‘they met in 1885’; ‘I hadn't seen him in years’; ‘at one o'clock in the morning’;

Inpreposition

expressing the length of time before a future event is expected to happen

‘I'll see you in fifteen minutes’;

Inpreposition

(often followed by a noun without a determiner) expressing a state or condition

‘I've got to put my affairs in order’; ‘to be in love’; ‘a woman in her thirties’;

Inpreposition

indicating the quality or aspect with respect to which a judgement is made

‘no discernible difference in quality’;

Inpreposition

expressing inclusion or involvement

‘I read it in a book’; ‘acting in a film’;

Inpreposition

indicating someone's occupation or profession

‘she works in publishing’;

Inpreposition

indicating the language or medium used

‘put it in writing’; ‘say it in French’;

Inpreposition

indicating the key in which a piece of music is written

‘Mozart's Piano Concerto in E flat’;

Inpreposition

as an integral part of (an activity)

‘in planning public expenditure it is better to be prudent’;

Inpreposition

expressing a value as a proportion of (a whole)

‘a local income tax running at six pence in the pound’;

Inadverb

expressing movement with the result that someone or something becomes enclosed or surrounded by something else

‘come in’; ‘presently the admiral breezed in’;

Inadverb

expressing the situation of being enclosed or surrounded by something

‘we were locked in’;

Inadverb

expressing arrival

‘the train got in very late’;

Inadverb

(of the tide) rising or at its highest level.

Inadjective

present at one's home or office

‘we knocked at the door but there was no one in’;

Inadjective

fashionable

‘the in thing to do’; ‘pastels and light colours are in this year’;

Inadjective

(of the ball in tennis and similar games) landing within the designated playing area.

Inadjective

batting

‘which side is in?’;

Innoun

a position of influence with someone powerful or famous

‘she got an in with the promising new artist’;

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