in·​doors | \ ˈin-ˈdȯrz , (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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Try to keep your pets indoors at all times during celebrations. Karen Pearlman,, "SD Humane Society offering free microchipping for dogs and cats," 7 June 2018 Athletes playing sports outside were brought indoors. Libby Solomon,, "Police: Report of troubled woman with handgun prompts call to place Lansdowne-area schools on alert," 23 Apr. 2018 Home gardeners are advised to cover sensitive plants or bring them indoors. Jennifer Larino,, "New Orleans is in for a freezing cold weekend. See forecasted lows.," 12 Jan. 2018 The Egyptians weren't the only ones bringing the plant indoors, though. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?," 15 Nov. 2018 Then, once authorities announce the storm is about to hit, bring your pets indoors, keeping your dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How to Protect Your Pet During Hurricane Florence," 11 Sep. 2018 Bringing street art indoors is one problem the American theater may never be able to solve. Christopher Arnott,, "CT Rep Gets Historical For 2018-19; Downtown Cabaret Announces Season," 11 July 2018 These must be brought indoors each night to avoid dews that settle in the cool of night. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Growing and drying herbs in summer is a great way to benefit your culinary world," 8 June 2018 Containers that are not freeze-proof, such as most terra-cotta pots, will have to be brought indoors before winter. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Container culture – these pots do lots | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 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 \

Kids Definition of indoors

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

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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