plug into

plug into
verb
plug into an outlet
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Please plug in the toaster!

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Connect the TV so we can watch the football game tonight

Syn: ↑plug in, ↑connect
Ant: ↑unplug (for: ↑plug in)
Derivationally related forms: ↑connection (for: ↑connect), ↑connexion (for: ↑connect), ↑connector (for: ↑connect)
Hypernyms: ↑insert, ↑infix, ↑enter, ↑introduce
Entailment: ↑join, ↑bring together
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s something PP

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(of an electrical appliance) be connected to another appliance by a plug inserted in an outlet
gain or have access to a system of computerized information

we plug into the research facilities available at the institute

figurative become knowledgeable about and involved with

the good thing about this job is that I'm plugged into what's going on

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plug into [phrasal verb]
1 plug into (something) or plug (something) into (something) : to become connected or to cause (something) to become connected to an electrical source or another device

The heater plugs into the dashboard of your car.

Plug the heater into the dashboard of the car.

I'm trying to figure out how to plug the scanner into my computer.

— sometimes used figuratively

The company has plugged into the international market. [=the company has become connected to the international market; the company has begun to do business in the international market]

His friends are plugged into the city's music scene. [=his friends are actively involved in the city's music scene]

2 plug (something) into (something) : to put (information, such as a word or number) into something

The computer program will take data from these sources and automatically plug it into the equation.

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Main Entry:plug

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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