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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web The dismissal of Berman came after his office brought a series of highly sensitive cases that worried and angered Trump and others in his inner circle. Katie Benner,, "Trump personally fires US attorney who investigated his associates," 20 June 2020 He was brought on to build the campaign's website and eventually ascended into candidate Trump's inner circle, working closely with Mr. Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner on digital outreach. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Brad Parscale didn't vote for Trump in 2016," 19 June 2020 Payton confronts his inner circle, and Alice, James, Skye, and McAfee all admit to having come into contact with the photo., "The Politician season 2 binge recap," 19 June 2020 To get rid of unwanted items, start with your inner circle. Christie Galeano-demott, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Get Organized for Good," 18 June 2020 In addition to the formal, federally funded transition process, a more ad hoc one occurs within the incoming president’s inner circle to determine top cabinet posts, from Attorney General to the Treasury. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Inside the Fight to Shape Biden’s Climate Policy," 17 June 2020 Despite the swathes of people caught up in Nazism before and during World War II, most of us can, today, name only a handful of Nazis, almost always those who formed part of Hitler’s inner circle. Daniel Lee, Time, "After World War II, Most ‘Ordinary Nazis’ Returned to Lives of Obscurity. The World Must Recover Their Stories Before It’s Too Late," 16 June 2020 Elementz, an urban arts center in Over-the-Rhine focused on bringing together art and inner-city youth, is working to document the art put up by protestors along with other aspects of the community. Duard Headley,, "Protest art: 'We can't forget this history' in wake of George Floyd death," 11 June 2020 The inner-city private school serves more than 200 students in grades pre-K2 through 6 and more than 3,000 children and their families with the community center. Dallas News, "Introducing Philanthropy FWD: Marty Turco surprises a St. Philip’s School student at home," 10 June 2020

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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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The first known use of inner was before the 12th century

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30 Jun 2020

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“Inner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


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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