in·side | \(ˌ)in-ˈsīd, ˈin-ˌsīd \

Definition of inside 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a : an interior or internal part or place : the part within

b : inward nature, thoughts, or feeling

c : viscera, entrails usually used in plural

2 : an inner side or surface

3a : a position of power, trust, or familiarity only someone on the inside could have told

b : confidential information has the inside on what happened at the convention

4 : the area nearest a specified or implied point of reference: such as

a : the side of home plate nearest the batter

b : the middle portion of a playing area

c : the area near or underneath the basket in basketball



Definition of inside (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : on the inner side

2 : in or into the interior stayed inside during the storm

3 : to or on the inside

4 : in prison



Definition of inside (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : of, relating to, or being on or near the inside an inside pitch

2a : relating or known to a select group inside information

b : behind-the-scenes



Definition of inside (Entry 4 of 4)

1a : in or into or as if in or into the interior of waited inside the church

b : on the inner side of just inside the door

2 : within inside an hour

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inside

Synonyms: Noun

innards, interior, within

Synonyms: Adjective

behind-the-scenes, confidential, esoteric, hush-hush, hushed, intimate, nonpublic, private, privy, secret

Antonyms: Noun

exterior, outside

Antonyms: Adjective

common, open, public

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Examples of inside in a Sentence


The inside of the church is quite beautiful. I've never seen the inside of a computer before.


I cleaned my car inside and out. The candy is chewy inside. We went inside during the storm. Step inside and look at our menu. He got put inside for burglary.


the inside edge of her foot He gave us an inside view of the situation. I got the inside story from a friend who works there.


We waited inside the store. Several people were trapped inside the burning building. She kept her hands inside her pockets. His feelings were building up inside him. He lives inside the city limits. Sources inside the company indicate that there are disagreements about the change in management.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is a June who is ready to take Gilead down from the inside., "What That Frustrating Handmaid's Tale Finale Means For Season 3," 11 July 2018 After that season, one of the BCS’s most powerful allies became its most powerful enemy—working to blow it up from the inside. Andy Staples,, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 Wheeler, who used to work as a coal lobbyist, will likely carry on Pruitt’s mission to dismantle the EPA’s regulations from the inside. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Trump drains his own swamp," 6 July 2018 Why not stay with the G.O.P. and try to save it from the inside? Dan Amira, New York Times, "Why Richard Painter Felt the Need to Switch Parties," 27 June 2018 Four weeks later in Madison, Ill., Newgarden attacked Simon Pagenaud from the inside late in the race, nudging him out of the way with wheel-to-wheel contact before blowing past for the lead, and eventual win. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Josef Newgarden's beautiful mind needs to go faster and faster," 24 May 2018 The plot goes like this: During the summer of 2016, on the clandestine orders of then-president Obama, the FBI and CIA hatched an ambitious plan to topple the Trump campaign from the inside. Jay Willis, GQ, "Spygate: How Right-Wing Media Creates a Conspiracy Theory Out of Thin Air," 23 May 2018 When the outside was 150° F and completely blackened, the inside was barely over 100° F. The chocolate would get slightly melty, but the marshmallow would run out of heat before the chocolate was truly gooey. Evelyn Lamb, Smithsonian, "The Scientific Quest For the Perfect S’more," 13 July 2018 The external looks are deliberately different, the inside is radically different as well. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "New futuristic Israeli 'dune-buggy' is bristling with weapons, ready for combat," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Check your pets and outdoor gear for ticks after bringing them inside, too. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 After a two-seam fastball got away from Stammen and grazed the jersey of Enrique Hernandez, Stammen got up 0-2 on Utley before the 15-year veteran bent his back leg to lean into a slider that was a touch inside. Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Stammen runs into Utley; Lauer's limit; Lyles' rehab," 13 July 2018 Schuler said the inmates are only locked inside for 20 to 25 minutes. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Richmond’s Mayor Butt meets ICE detainees," 12 July 2018 When the crucibles cooled, ingots of pure steel lay inside. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Set Up a Game Room When your guests’ fingers start getting pruney from one too many laps in the pool, take advantage of a room with indoor-outdoor flow to continue the fresh-air fun inside. ELLE Decor, "Now *This* Is How You Throw a Grown-Up Pool Party," 6 July 2018 Whether runners decide to brave the heat or take their sport inside to a treadmill, lightweight fabrics and accessories are the best-case outfit scenario. Katie Devlin, Vogue, "The Best Clothes to Work Out (and Sweat) in All Summer," 5 July 2018 Fireworks can be terrifying for animals, causing them to both hide inside or escape their homes and get lost. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Can I shoot fireworks in Louisville? Your July 4 questions answered," 28 June 2018 The rusted silos are infested with mosquitoes; there’s no grain inside or livestock nearby., "Prisonville, Texas, Hopes to Reboot Its Economy on the Back of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Sports Illustrated got an inside look at the studio as Koesterer explained how these pieces came together. Jeremy Fuchs,, "A Tour of Sports Movie Memorabilia Heaven," 6 July 2018 From giving us an inside look into the dramatic biting of Beyoncé to calling out Drake for standing her up on a date, Haddish is Hollywood's version of your neighborhood gossip. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "6 Times Tiffany Haddish Shared a Little Bit Too Much Information," 26 June 2018 Here’s an inside look at this summer’s fashion-meets-art collaborations. Lindzi Scharf,, "Want your summer wardrobe to stand out? Try these four artist-and-fashion collaborations on for size," 21 June 2018 CBS News got an inside look at one lavish retreat at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, where businesses and trade groups paid for access. Laura Strickler And Nancy Cordes, CBS News, "Inside a lavish retreat where lobbyists donate for access to state attorneys general," 19 June 2018 Playing through injuries is like a badge of honor, as FTW’s Hemal Jhaveri recently detailed in an inside look at the Stanley Cup Final. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Capitals player had part of finger sliced off, reattached during Stanley Cup Final," 14 June 2018 However, that hasn't prevented her in the past from taking an inside look into some of the stranger trends out there (like, manicures featuring faces and hair courtesy of makeup artist Dain Yoon)., "Ellen DeGeneres Is Going On Tour For The First Time In 15 Years," 14 June 2018 The annual count is taken in pre-dawn hours, with volunteers walking sidewalks or driving on dark streets with clipboards to look for homeless people huddled in doorways, sleeping in cars or tucked inside tents. Gary Warth,, "Data shows homeless on the move in San Diego," 25 June 2018 While the president avoided the cover, the immigration crisis of the day did make the inside pages of the prestigious magazine. Brian Flood, Fox News, "TIME cover paints Trump as immigration ‘boogeyman,’ in striking contrast with Obama coverage," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Duke Energy plans gas meter inspections for July, August Beginning in July, Duke Energy will inspect gas metering equipment and piping inside buildings in Mount Healthy. Jennie Key,, "City wins appeal in public records lawsuit," 12 July 2018 Spatially restricted yet ideologically free-ranging, this thoroughly absorbing documentary, shot mainly inside the apartment, details the family’s rich history within the fluctuating fortunes of Serbian democracy. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Other Side of Everything,’ a Belgrade Apartment Symbolizes Upheaval," 12 July 2018 Singer said of the district’s plans to strip banks along the L-48, 49 and 50 canals inside city limits east of I-95. Marci Shatzman,, "Boca Raton wins delay on plan to remove trees near residents' homes," 11 July 2018 In one case, an employee of the country’s domestic intelligence agency was inside an internet cafe when the owner was gunned down, but claimed not to have seen or heard anything problematic. Frank Jordans, The Seattle Times, "As German neo-Nazi trial ends, families demand more answers," 10 July 2018 The Cassini mission at Saturn received a send-off from the agency, incorporating a 360 view of the probe's final moments as well as a view inside mission control as the craft entered its fiery demise in the top cloud layers of Saturn. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Standing on Other Planets Is the Killer App for Augmented Reality," 9 July 2018 The Star’s analysis also showed that firefighters rarely lost their lives rescuing civilians trapped inside burning structures. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 Firefighters then learned a dog named Simba, apparently a Chihuahua, was trapped inside the home. David Harris,, "Orlando firefighters rescue cute dog from house fire," 13 July 2018 Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Ossotthanakor acknowledged that oxygen levels in the cave are low and have been thinned out by a large number of rescue workers inside the cave. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "Thai navy SEAL commander: 'Limited amount of time' left to rescue trapped soccer team," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of inside


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of inside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: an inner side, edge, or surface of something

the inside : an inner part of something (such as a building or machine)

: the inner parts (such as the heart and stomach) of a person's body



English Language Learners Definition of inside (Entry 2 of 4)

: in the inner part of something

: in or into the inner part of a building, room, etc.

: in prison



English Language Learners Definition of inside (Entry 3 of 4)

: located on or near the inner side, edge, or surface of something

: coming from someone within a group or organization : relating to or having information that is known only to a special group of people

: done by someone within a group or organization



English Language Learners Definition of inside (Entry 4 of 4)

: in or into the inner part of (something or someone)

: within the borders or limits of (something)

: before the end of (a period of time)


in·side | \in-ˈsīd, ˈin-ˌsīd\

Kids Definition of inside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : an inner side, surface, or space the inside of a box

2 : the inner parts of a person or animal usually used in pl.



Kids Definition of inside (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : on the inner side I cleaned my car inside and out.

2 : in or into the interior Go inside.



Kids Definition of inside (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : relating to or being on or near the inside an inside wall

2 : relating or known to a certain few people inside information



Kids Definition of inside (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : to or on the inside of They are inside the house.

2 : before the end of : within I'll finish inside an hour.

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