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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Other Words from inner

inner noun
innerly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for inner


inside, interior, internal, inward


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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The church’s simple, brick-and-stone buildings form a compound around an inner courtyard. Richard A. Marini,, "San Antonio’s 10 best overlooked architectural gems," 13 Sep. 2019 Swift said when asked if anyone in her inner circle had been told ahead of time. Maria Pasquini,, "Sheryl Crow Clarifies 'Big Stink' Comments About Taylor Swift's Masters: 'I Chose the Wrong Word'," 13 Sep. 2019 In the end, the book’s 83 images are about nothing so much as American immensity, a span of distance both inner and outer., "What Mr. Frank did in that book was to take the leading tradition of American photography — the documentary tradition, with its reverence for the particular, of Timothy O’Sullivan, Lewis Hine, and Walker Evans — and enlarge it: to emblematize the particular and make it mythic.," 11 Sep. 2019 The drawbridge had to be opened during that time, officials said, and that was likely to result in delays for traffic along the Beltway’s inner and outer loops in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Washington Post, "Drawbridge maintenance on Woodrow Wilson Bridge," 9 Sep. 2019 The columns on floors where the inner and outer angles intersect, where the building shape is most narrow, do not shift. Blair Kamin,, "Engineering the Vista Tower," 3 Sep. 2019 In this case, the glial cells form a mesh-like structure between the skin’s outer and inner layers, with filament-like protrusions that extend into the skin’s outer layer. National Geographic, "Newly discovered organ may be lurking under your skin," 15 Aug. 2019 The ship was built with a double bottom to separate the inner and outer hulls. John Christopher Fine,, "SS Copenhagen shipwreck home to picture-perfect artificial reef," 18 July 2019 One with thick, closed-cell foam insulation Generally all commercial coolers use the same method of insulation: foam between the inner and outer walls. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?," 3 July 2019

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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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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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