AskDefine | Define ins

Dictionary Definition

INS n : an agency in the Department of Justice that enforces laws and regulations for the admission of foreign-born persons to the United States [syn: Immigration and Naturalization Service]

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Etymology 1


  • Plural of in.
  1. defn English

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Etymology 2





A contraction of in + das.


ins (+ adjective ending with -e + neuter noun)
  1. (in)to the
    Ich bin ins Kino gegangen.''
    I went to the cinema.

Extensive Definition

See also

  • Ins, Switzerland, a municipality of Switzerland.
  • ins is a German contraction of in das = into the


ins in German: Ins
ins in Esperanto: INS
ins in French: INS
ins in Korean: INS
ins in Italian: INS
ins in Japanese: INS
ins in Polish: INS

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bureaucracy, directorate, hierarchy, higher echelons, higher-ups, holdover, incumbent, jack-in-office, lame duck, management, ministry, new broom, office-bearer, officeholder, officialdom, prelacy, president-elect, public official, public servant, ruling class, ruling classes, the Establishment, the administration, the authorities, the ingroup, the interests, the people upstairs, the power elite, the power structure, the top, them, they, top brass
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