in·​ner·​most | \ ˈi-nər-ˌmōst How to pronounce innermost (audio) \

Definition of innermost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: farthest inward : inmost



Definition of innermost (Entry 2 of 2)

: the inmost part

Examples of innermost in a Sentence

Adjective She revealed her innermost feelings. the innermost part of the cave
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Don't overreact if someone isn't open and refuses to share their time or innermost feelings. oregonlive, 19 May 2020 But those who believe personal autonomy is the innermost human need betray an ignorance of psychology, not least their own. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 14 May 2020 In addition to the compelling stories told on every page, this book also includes a guide that will help readers find their innermost strengths and learn how to use them to lead a fuller life. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, 1 May 2020 An international team of astronomers has captured images of the innermost rings of disks swirling around 15 stars, many hundreds of light-years away. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 1 May 2020 The classroom is the innermost sanctum of that cloister, where worldly demands can be blocked out long enough for a group of people—some of whom had no prior interest—to share a poem by Horace, or an argument by Aristotle. Agnes Callard, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2020 Maybe your own innermost thoughts, or just the sound of the wind rustling through the trees outside. Aj Willingham, CNN, 18 Apr. 2020 The innermost circle links the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve with the major private banks, and those banks to each other. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, 28 Mar. 2020 Mercury is the solar system's smallest, innermost planet. Marcia Dunn,, 11 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Other than the distortion of space from the innermost ~1 degree closest to the center of the Sun, where the curvature of space is most severe, there are no other detectable differences. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 18 June 2021 One of them, says Stroock, is whether plants ever allow the innermost layers of their leaves, called mesophyll, to dry out. Keith Gillogly, Wired, 2 July 2021 While being told to share their innermost secrets isn’t exactly necessary, the show really should add more group dates that involve the contestants talking about themselves and their lives, rather than just mud wrestling. Lia Beck,, 21 June 2021 The innermost loop, furthest from Imperial Avenue, will feature a monument in the form of an abstract sculpture. Steven Litt, cleveland, 18 June 2021 Mundane snippets of everyday life – from airports to soccer practice to phone calls – are woven with the color of Doyle’s innermost thoughts on relationships, work, and family. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 June 2021 As in traditional Hollywood musicals, lyrics and choreography become a magnifying glass that translates characters’ innermost thoughts into visible, exuberant spectacle. Carlos Aguilar, The Atlantic, 10 June 2021 The innermost layer of 1.5 is [the most intimate]; clearly that has to do with your romantic relationships. Sheon Han, The Atlantic, 20 May 2021 Nature provides grounding for that innermost expedition. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2021

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of innermost

: most private and personal
: closest to the center or inside of something


in·​ner·​most | \ ˈi-nər-ˌmōst How to pronounce innermost (audio) \

Kids Definition of innermost

: farthest inward the innermost rooms


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