in·​doors | \ ˈin-ˈdȯrz How to pronounce indoors (audio) , (ˌ)in-\

Definition of indoors

: in or into a building

Examples of indoors in a Sentence

The game will be played indoors. He worked indoors all afternoon. We went indoors when it began to rain.
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As many Americans cozied up indoors, some workers with outdoor jobs were less fortunate. Tim Gruber, Lucy Hewett, Erin Kirkland, WSJ, "At Work at 20 Below," 1 Feb. 2019 First, the good news: Growing an avocado tree indoors is as simple as saving a leftover pit and gathering up a few common supplies. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow an Avocado Tree From a Pit," 29 Jan. 2019 As part of the deal, Meng must remain in British Columbia, provide a supervisor with telephone numbers, live at a $5.6 million home that was selected as her residence, and stay indoors from 11PM to 6AM every day. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Huawei’s CFO is granted bail by Canadian court but will be closely monitored," 11 Dec. 2018 Don’t light fireworks near other objects. Don’t light fireworks indoors. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Can I shoot fireworks in Louisville? Your July 4 questions answered," 28 June 2018 Parliament will debate the legislation at an extraordinary session Wednesday, in reaction to a recent string of fires that produced huge clouds of hazardous smoke and kept many residents indoors. Washington Post, "Poland: New law to halt hazardous garbage stashing, fires," 26 June 2018 Parents who fret about their children playing near power lines might keep them indoors—away from dirt, germs and each other. The Economist, "Germ-free children may be more prone to leukaemia," 24 May 2018 This Denver couple do all of their training for road races indoors. Ken Goe,, "What if you held a meet and nobody outside the stadium noticed? Oregon track & field rundown," 22 May 2018 Sure the weather hasn’t been that terrible to totally keep families indoors, but the damp, muddy mess has most likely deterred you from those outdoor activities. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Have a go at outdoor activities without the outside temps," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of indoors

1832, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of indoors

: in, inside, or into a building


in·​doors | \ ˈin-ˈdȯrz How to pronounce indoors (audio) \

Kids Definition of indoors

: in or into a building These games are played indoors.

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