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23 English Phrasal Verbs With INTO

23 English Phrasal Verbs With "Into"

In this post you will learn phrasal verbs with "into". Read through the sentences below and decide which phrasal verb is needed for each sentence.


Phrasal verbs with 'into'

Here are 23 phrasal verbs with "into" with meanings and examples:


1. Back into

  • To move or maneuver something backwards into something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "back" and "into.
    • Can you help me? I'm having a hard time backing into this parking space.
  • To bump into or strike someone or something while moving backwards. 
    • Oops, I didn't mean to back into you—didn't see you there!
  • In sports, to secure a position in the postseason due to the loss of another team, as opposed to the victory of one's own. 
    • The team had suffered four straight losses at the end of the season, but thanks to the poor performance of their division rivals, they ended up backing into the playoffs anyway.

2. Bounce into

  • To force (someone) to decide to do (something) especially without having time to think about it. Informal  British
    • The voters were bounced into agreeing to the proposal.

3. Build into

  • To make (something) a definite part of (a contract, agreement, etc).
    • Manufacturers are building new security features into their products.

4. Bump into

  • To collide with. 
    • He bumped into the wall. I guess that's a risk you take when you read while walking.
  • To cause (a thing) to collide with. 
    • The roads were so slippery that I couldn't stop, and I bumped my car into the car in front of me.
  • To meet by chance. 
    • We bumped into each other at the library yesterday.

5. Buy into

  • To believe; to accept a craze or fad as valid. 
    • I don't buy into all this propaganda.
  • To buy stocks or shares of (a business). 
    • We bought into a local electrical firm.

6. Check into

  • Register one's arrival at a hotel.
    • You'll check into the luxurious Basle Hilton Hotel.

7. Come into

  • Reach or be brought to a specified situation or result.
    • New data protection requirements came into effect in May.
  • Suddenly receive money or property, especially by inheriting it.
    • He came into an inheritance.

8. Dial into

  • To connect to a service or computer system using a phone line.
    • The campaigners and volunteers dial into a conference call every Wednesday.
  • (informal) to direct all your effort and attention on to what you are trying to achieve, so you perform as well as you can.
    • Fassbender eventually dialled into the character of Macbeth when he got a new insight on his motivation.

9. Dig into

  • To research a particular subject.
    • She is going to dig into Egyptian basket-weaving this semester.
  • To begin eating heartily.
    • Bobby really dug into his potatoes.

10. Dip into

  • To put your hand into a container to take something out.
    • She dipped into her purse and took out some coins.
  • To read or watch only parts of something.
    • I have only had time to dip into the report.
  • To take an amount from money that you have saved.
    • We took out a loan for the car because we didn't want to dip into our savings.

11. Draw into

  • To involve somebody or make somebody take part in something, although they may not want to take part at first.
    • Youngsters drawn into a life of crime.

12. Eat into

  • To use up a part of something, especially somebody’s money or time
    • Those repair bills have really eaten into my savings.
  • To destroy or damage the surface of something
    • Rust had eaten into the metal.

13. Enter into

  • To begin to discuss or deal with something.
    • Let's not enter into details at this stage.
  • To take an active part in something.
    • They entered into the spirit of the occasion (= began to enjoy and feel part of it).
  • To form part of something or have an influence on something.
    • This possibility never entered into our calculations.

14. Fall into

  • To be able to be divided into something.
    • My talk falls naturally into three parts.
  • To start doing something that you had not planned to do.
    • He says that he fell into politics by chance.

15. Fall into

  • To have an influence on the development of something.
    • The report's findings will feed into company policy.

16. Fit into

  • To be of the right size and shape to be placed in a location.
    • The round peg will fit into the circular hole.
  • To be of similar cultural or social status as the members of a group of people.
    • As a retired sergeant, you should fit into the crowd at the officers' club.

17. Get into

  • To arrive at a place.
    • What time do you get into Heathrow?
  • To win an election.
    • She first got into Parliament (= became an MP) in 2005.
  • To be admitted to a school, university, etc.
    • She's got into Durham to study law.
  • To put on a piece of clothing, especially with difficulty.
    • I can't get into these shoes—they're too small.
  • To start a career in a particular profession.
    • What's the best way to get into journalism?
  • To become involved in something; to start something.
    • I got into conversation with an Italian student.
  • To develop a particular habit.
    • Don't let yourself get into bad habits.

18. Go into

  • (of a vehicle) to hit something violently.
    • The car skidded and went into a tree.
  • (of a vehicle or driver) to start moving in a particular way.
    • The plane went into a nosedive.
  • To join an organization, especially in order to have a career in it.
    • To go into teaching.
  • To begin to do something or behave in a particular way.
    • He went into a long explanation of the affair.
  • To examine something carefully.
    • We need to go into the question of costs.
  • (of money, time, effort, etc.) to be spent on something or used to do something.
    • More government money needs to go into the project.

19. Grow into

  • To grow in size, so as to be able to fit something (especially an item of clothing).
    • His new jumper was a bit big for him, but he'll grow into it in a couple of years.
  • To become accustomed to something by maturing.
  • At first, the new job as managing director was way over my head, but I grew into it.

20. Key into

  • Be sympathetic to or in harmony with something.
    • The whole team must key into an overall vision

21. Lace into

  • Attack someone or something verbally or physically. Informal
    • Brady laced into his teammates for playing with a lack of passion.

22. Lay into

  • Attack someone violently with words or blows. Informal
    • Three youths laid into him.

23. Lean into

  • To push into or press against someone or something.
    • People in the audience behind me kept leaning into me throughout the concert.
  • To pursue some task or activity with great effort, determination, and perseverance.
    • She's really been leaning into her gymnastics lately. At this rate, she could have a shot at a professional career.
  • To accept and embrace something as a means of dealing with it or turning it into something positive.
    • Instead of trying to hide from your fame, why don't you try leaning into it a bit more? You'd probably enjoy life more if you did.
  • To embrace and exaggerate some trait or characteristic, especially something ostensibly negative that has been attributed to one by someone else.
    • The perverse language in my first book seemed to get the most heated reaction from readers, so I decided to really lean into it for the sequel.

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