inside

noun
in·​side | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsīd How to pronounce inside (audio) , ˈin-ˌsīd How to pronounce inside (audio) \

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

inside

adverb

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

inside

adjective

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

inside

preposition

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

Noun

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

Adverb

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.

Adjective

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.

Preposition

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

Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 min or until meatballs are crisp and cooked through on the inside. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Even the simplest pieces come with unexpected details, like stackable gold bands with diamonds embedded along the inside. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "This Design Duo Is Crafting Heirlooms for a New Generation of Jewelry Obsessives," 1 Apr. 2019 Butterfly shrimp by slicing vertically along the inside to open up the shrimp. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "Shakshouka for Lent? Israeli dish of eggs and tomatoes is perfect any time," 2 Mar. 2018 The cheaper version of the car is also simpler on the inside. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "I'll Be Damned, the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Is Actually Here," 28 Feb. 2019 Things must have been looking very grim from the inside, because Mazda decided to radically restructure the program, pulling out out of the season in mid-July despite there being three races still to run. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This isn’t a game: We try out a professional driver-in-the-loop simulator," 9 Aug. 2018 Scorpio Venus loves anything with a dash of danger, so those born under this elusive sky crave deep, erotic intimacy that illuminates from the inside. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 The bright and contemporary city center location—all light woods, quirky furnishings, and greenery—has expanded, too, so there’s plenty of seating both inside and out to accommodate the die-hards. Sandra Ramani, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Dublin," 11 July 2018 Alexander Rossi made a run on him at Turn 1, tried to take the inside and the two collided, causing Wickens to spin. Jim Ayello, USA TODAY Sports, "Sebastien Bourdais wins IndyCar season opener at St. Petersburg after leaders collide," 11 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Another unique feature: The Shark's vacuum head has two brush rolls inside, which are designed to easily pick-up both fine dust and large debris on carpet and bare floors. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "This Top-Rated Shark Vacuum Is $200 Off on Amazon Right Now," 2 Apr. 2019 With no baby inside, searchers followed a trail from the car of personal items that included baby formula, a diaper bag, children’s trivia cards, and eventually a baby carrier. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Montana 'Miracle' Baby: Suspect Allegedly Buried Boy in Mountains Because He Was 'Very Heavy'," 11 July 2018 Houston police raided a stash house in 2014 that had 115 people inside, including children as young as 5, with no hot water and just one toilet. Nicholas Kulish, New York Times, "Border Patrol’s Last Line of Defense? It Isn’t at the Border," 9 July 2018 The Opening: Ezekiel Elliott tosses coin for 7-on-7 championship Advertisement Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott tossed the coin for the 7-on-7 championship game at The Opening inside The Star on Tuesday. Michael Williams Orlando Sentinel, star-telegram, "Super Bowl Giant busted with heroin after allegedly ramming cop car," 7 July 2018 Despite losing O’Leary, who averaged a team-high 18.1 points and 6.3 rebounds last season, the Indians will still have a go-to option inside in 6-7 senior forward Nate Ferguson. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "New year, new look: Jaxson Dian and Kyle Lillwitz want to take Lemont on a different path in boys basketball," 6 July 2018 Once inside, Gigi was in good company among fellow honorees Christiane Amanpour, Bette Midler, Taraji P. Henson, and Kacey Musgraves, all being feted for their respective humanitarian work. Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wears Powder Blue Jumpsuit and Matching Cape at Variety's Power of Women Event," 6 Apr. 2019 With Fall inside, Williamson went to the perimeter, hitting three 3-pointers after entering with just 18 on the season. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "Williamson, Duke survive UCF’s late misses, reach Sweet 16," 25 Mar. 2019 Once inside, the couple signed a book of condolence, and spoke to staff at the House. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Made a Somber Visit to New Zealand House Today," 19 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The next day, an inside source close to J-Law and Maroney confirmed to BAZAAR.com that the reports are true. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lawrence and Her Fiancé Cooke Maroney Snuggled Up During a Rare Public Outing," 5 Apr. 2019 Justus fell behind in the count, 3-1, and then threw a 94-mph fastball on the inside corner. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Justus Sheffield found his competitive spirit early, and now it’s driving him toward a Mariners call-up," 13 Apr. 2019 Transcripts of more than 50 interviews with top Federal Reserve officials and staffers offer an inside view of central bank-operations over the past 50 years, including internal debates and pressures from the White House. David Harrison, WSJ, "Interview Transcripts Tell Story of Fed Over Past 50 Years," 12 Apr. 2019 Brinson’s single on Monday came after Strickland had thrown an inside pitch near the rookie’s head. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "MLB punishes the Marlins' Dan Straily and Don Mattingly for beanball incidents; Giants get off scot-free," 21 June 2018 Carter's inside presence is a nice complement to Lauri Markkanen's outside game. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "2018 NBA mock draft: Suns take Deandre Ayton at No. 1, Kings settle on star Luka Doncic," 16 May 2018 Plus, Turner will be back and can provide an inside presence, allowing Shepard to roam free and be a shooting threat. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Why Notre Dame women's basketball can repeat as national champions," 3 Apr. 2018 View Park is led by Ernest Flynn, a strong inside presence. John Maffei, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Southern California Regional basketball championship preview," 17 Mar. 2018 The Mustangs were led by Emelogu’s 23 points and Akoy Agau provided the inside presence, scoring a career-high 21 points in just 24 minutes of action. Chris Hays, OrlandoSentinel.com, "AAC Tournament: SMU holds off UConn in opener 80-73," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Bridgewater Associates co-Chief Executive Officer Eileen Murray has held repeated conversations inside and outside of the firm about leaving the world’s largest hedge fund, according to people familiar with the matter. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Bridgewater Co-CEO Eileen Murray Weighs Leaving World’s Largest Hedge Fund," 6 May 2019 During a standard supervised visit on February 5, 2012, social worker Elizabeth Griffin Hall called 9-1-1 after Josh locked his children inside the house. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Susan Cox Powell's Sister Reveals What She Believes Really Happened to Her," 4 May 2019 And there's one more bonus to an al fresco tour: While there is no photography allowed inside the house, the grounds seem tailor-made for Instagram. Cator Sparks, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating History Behind This Moorish-Style Home in Upstate New York," 3 May 2019 In response, according to NBC10, student advocacy groups Organizing for Survivors (O4S) and Swarthmore Coalition Against Fraternity Violence staged a sit-in and protest inside and outside the Phi Psi house. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Swarthmore College Students Are Occupying a Frat House to Protest Fraternities on Their Campus," 29 Apr. 2019 Tetreault posted a photo of the finished look on Instagram, which showcased what the white looks like both inside and outside in natural light. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Nordic White Hair Color Is Trending on Instagram, and We're Here For It," 28 Mar. 2019 Circular recessed lights dot the plywood ceiling inside the house and on the patio, which makes the backyard feel like an extension of the living room. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern home offers understated indoor-outdoor living," 26 Dec. 2018 Judges, prosecutors and public defenders are pushing for tighter restrictions on federal immigration officers inside New York courthouses, saying fear of deportation is making immigrants less willing to report crimes and assist with prosecutions. Kate King, WSJ, "New York Judges, Lawyers Want ICE Officials Out of Courts," 10 Apr. 2019 That's why this year, Coachella partnered with Amazon to set up lockers inside the festival grounds that attendees can order and send products to, from sunglasses to sunscreen. Glamour, "Here's What's on Vanessa Hudgens' Coachella Shopping List," 1 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of inside

Noun

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

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for inside

inside

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: an inner side, edge, or surface of something
: an inner part of something (such as a building or machine)
informal : the inner parts (such as the heart and stomach) of a person's body

inside

adverb

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.
informal : in prison

inside

adjective

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

inside

preposition

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)

inside

noun
in·​side | \ in-ˈsīd How to pronounce inside (audio) , 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.

inside

adverb

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.

inside

adjective

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

inside

preposition

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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