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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Recent Examples on the Web

Against the pastoral backdrop of life at Fraser's Ridge, Brianna's inner struggle is all the more apparent—a true testament to Sophie Skelton's acting. ... Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brianna Finally Reunites with Claire (and Meets Jamie!) on Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018 One way Facebook responded to increasing public pressure was to shake up its inner circle of top executives, which had remained largely unchanged for the better part of a decade. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018 My goal was just to make it to bedtime without succumbing to my inner wine witch—even that was difficult. Claire Gillespie, Glamour, "Self-Care Only Worked for Me When I Got Sober," 22 Dec. 2018 Reconnection to the inner self is the touchstone of California’s most renowned spa. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 The inner dots represent the inner planets, while the orange dot represents Jupiter. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Inside NASA's Wildly Complex Plan to Navigate Jupiter's Asteroid Fields," 21 Dec. 2018 My inner '90s child, who had rainbow stripes on everything, definitely wants it. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore a Rainbow Cardigan of Dreams with Jamie Foxx for Her Birthday," 19 Dec. 2018 But, recapitulating his problem from four years ago, the lack of enthusiasm for a Biden presidency from Obama’s inner circle is palpable. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The comically large 2020 Democratic field, explained," 17 Dec. 2018 People who profess inner peace often are the most dangerous. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Inner Peace Is a Booming Business," 16 Dec. 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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