inner

adjective
in·​ner | \ˈi-nər \

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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Other Words from inner

inner noun
innerly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for inner

Synonyms

inside, interior, internal, inward

Antonyms

exterior, external, outer, outside, outward

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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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Most practitioners treat the labia majora, or the external lips of the vulva; many people request lightening the labia minora, or inner lips, as well, though this is not recommended and many practitioners will not do it. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "The dangerous rise of vaginal lightening," 6 Dec. 2018 The inner machinations of the Church—conservative hardliners versus moderates—are the subject of a longer essay, but the point is that no one can be trusted. Mary Beth Keane, Vogue, "Amid Scandal After Scandal, One Catholic Mother Faces A Painful Choice," 6 Dec. 2018 James Somers’ story is full of terrific anecdotes about Google’s early days: When a car goes around a turn, more ground must be covered by the outside wheels; likewise, the outer edge of a spinning hard disk moves faster than the inner one. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s appearance before Congress will mark a turning point for its CEO," 5 Dec. 2018 Bella Hadid channeled her inner Disney princess on November 25, trading her casual crop-top uniform for a ball gown fit for royalty. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid's Outfit Was Giving Actual Disney Princess Vibes and I’m Inspired," 27 Nov. 2018 The joint announcement Tuesday alongside a former member of Mr. Trump’s inner circle marked the latest effort in Mr. Guo’s long-running campaign to expose alleged wrongdoing and corruption by China’s political and business elites. Brian Spegele, WSJ, "Steve Bannon, Chinese Critic Create Fund to Investigate Beijing," 20 Nov. 2018 Residents of Silver Spring, Maryland, and other inner suburbs would gain an express ride to downtown and northern Virginia job centers, reducing crowding on the DC Metro’s currently overtaxed Red Line. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "HQ2 is a perfect opportunity to massively upgrade the DC area’s commuter rail," 17 Nov. 2018 The egg and sperm mixture is placed inside an inner chamber made of sterile and gas-permeable materials: medical-grade polystyrene and synthetic rubber latex/thermoplastic elastomer and a silicone o-ring, according to INVOcell’s website. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF," 16 Nov. 2018 Chen and his colleagues added an inner layer of plain HA, which would make the needles stiffer but release its drug payload faster. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Delivering drugs directly to the eye using microneedles that dissolve," 9 Nov. 2018

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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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inner

adjective

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

inner

adjective
in·​ner | \ˈi-nər \

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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