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

Everything plays a role in how our insides function. Glamour, "I’m 25, Live in L.A., and Spend $3,124 on My Beauty Routine," 15 Apr. 2019 The 6-foot, 233-pound linebacker — who appears to be cross-training at both the inside and outside spots — has showcased some impressive burst and decisiveness in the pass-rush. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Observations from the UW Huskies’ sixth practice of spring football," 12 Apr. 2019 And the inside warms up very quickly on a cold winter morning. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018 The inside features a top that unfolds into eight-foot ceilings, plentiful skylights, and twenty feet of living space inside. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best campers for people with kids," 30 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The home's natural surroundings are just as important inside, too: The Edelmans designed the home to maximize views. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "DWR CEO's Home Is a Modernist, Nature Lover's Dream," 16 May 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Take an inside look at this truly inspiring and unforgettable evening for a cause near and dear to our hearts. Woman's Day, "A Look Inside the 2019 Woman's Day Red Dress Awards," 7 May 2019 The maven of entertaining famously drew prison time, in 2004, for trading on inside information. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 Watch below for an inside look at how Linda's colorful creations come to life, then read on for the working mom's style must-haves. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "What This Insta-Famous Mom Wears for a 12-Hour Workday," 8 Apr. 2019 Famed short-seller Jim Chanos, who’s been shorting Tesla for years, recently spoke to CNBC about how Musk had attacked him on Twitter, claiming that Chanos had bribed a journalist for inside information on Musk’s company. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Elon Musk can’t stop tweeting, but so far it doesn’t matter," 19 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

In addition to giving a glimpse inside the Windsors’ wedding day, these photos also help royal watchers picture Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Lady Gabriella Windsor’s Royal Wedding Portraits at Frogmore House," 21 May 2019 HandoutGetty Images Over the weekend we've been blessed with a rare, intimate look inside the world of the royals. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Watch the Cambridge Children Play Together in Kate's Garden," 20 May 2019 This weekend, there was yet another royal wedding at St. George's Chapel in Windsor—and now, royal watchers have gotten a peek inside the reception. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "See Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston Cut the Wedding Cake at Their Reception," 20 May 2019 Even better, the amount of serum inside each bottle has doubled. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Glossier Is Relaunching Its Famous Supers Serums in a Larger Size — Without Upping the Price," 13 May 2019 Of course, changing the lacing can't solve every common running problem (things like shin splints and heel pain are generally better treated with orthotics inside the shoe and other methods, says Wachtel). Alexa Tucker, SELF, "6 Lacing Hacks to Make Your Running Shoes Way More Comfortable," 8 May 2019 All this is happening within just one of a dozen stations inside a modern recycling center, each of which isolates a single class of materials based on their physical properties. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 In the summer, Tesla steered into the skid: the company built a tent in the parking lot outside the Fremont factory, which allowed Tesla to increase capacity for the Model 3 without radically restructuring how things worked inside the factory walls. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 Wood ceilings and chrome-like pillars make a statement inside with plenty of views thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Three-tiered glass masterpiece asks $16.8M," 26 Dec. 2018

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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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