in·​ner | \ ˈi-nər How to pronounce inner (audio) \

Definition of inner

1a : situated farther in the inner bark
b : being near a center especially of influence the inner circles of political power
2a : 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

Other Words from inner

inner noun
innerly adverb

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Examples of inner in a Sentence

She led the guests to an inner room. the inner face of the arch the inner lining of the jacket listening to her inner voice
Recent Examples on the Web Listen to that inner voice that calls you to be an architect or a teacher or an artist. Beth Thames |, al, 3 Aug. 2022 And for the man in charge of the inner-workings of the Brewers locker room, that isn’t a problem. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2022 The director Peter Strickland excels at depicting the unusual inner workings of subcultures within subcultures. David Sims, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 Her new memoir Escaping Gravity, about the struggle to get her colleagues to embrace space entrepreneurs like SpaceX and Blue Origin, paints a deeply unflattering picture of the inner workings of NASA. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, 29 July 2022 Also, avoid getting cleaner or other liquids into the vents or inner workings of the appliance. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 July 2022 True to its title, Reboot showcases the inner workings of a modern TV reboot. Christian Holub,, 28 July 2022 Scientists know surprisingly little about the inner workings of our planet. Jeffrey Marlow, The New Yorker, 26 July 2022 The financial importance of the waterfront goes back centuries, which makes a course on its modern-day inner workings a fitting project for the Noble Maritime Collection. New York Times, 22 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inner

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for inner

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

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6 Aug 2022

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“Inner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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in·​ner | \ ˈi-nər How to pronounce inner (audio) \

Kids Definition of inner

1 : located farther in an inner chamber
2 : of or relating to the mind or spirit inner strength

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