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adjective in·ner \ˈi-nər\

Simple Definition of inner

  • : located toward the inside of something : not on or at the edge or outside of something

  • : not known to or seen by most people

  • : of or relating to a person's mind or spirit

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inner

  1. 1 a :  situated farther in <the inner bark> b :  being near a center especially of influence <the inner circles of political power>

  2. 2 a :  of or relating to the mind or spirit <the inner life> b :  existing as an often repressed part of one's psychological makeup <inner child> <inner artist>

inner

noun

innerly

adverb

Examples of inner in a sentence

  1. She led the guests to an inner room.

  2. the inner face of the arch

  3. the inner lining of the jacket

  4. listening to her inner voice



Origin and Etymology of inner

Middle English, from Old English innera, comparative of inne within


First Known Use: before 12th century



INNER Defined for Kids

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adjective in·ner \ˈi-nər\

Definition of inner for Students

  1. 1 :  located farther in <an inner chamber>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the mind or spirit <inner strength>





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