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



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



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

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 On Essential Quality’s inside will likely be his main rival. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Can Essential Quality win Blue Grass, give Brad Cox the favorite for Kentucky Derby?," 2 Apr. 2021 The inside is warm, old wood everything, cozy without being small and with fixtures so worn over their decades of service that their imperfections read as charm. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, "How to Make an Irish Coffee Just Like the Place That Makes the World’s Best," 11 Mar. 2021 Garza is a threat from anywhere on the floor and leaving any lane open to the inside for him is problematic. oregonlive, "Iowa expecting Oregon to dial up defensive pressure in NCAA Tournament second round matchup," 21 Mar. 2021 The building has been described as looking castle-like outside and seeming like a museum on the inside., "Tom Brady’s one-time condo in Back Bay is now on the market," 20 Mar. 2021 The cushion and headrest pillow are made from polyester for the outside and have a polyester fiberfill on the inside. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, "Best hammock sales and deals: Walmart, Wayfair and more," 19 Mar. 2021 For your choice of bread, get their legendary corn muffins—crispy on the outside but pillowy soft on the inside. Adrian Miller, Southern Living, "Black Restaurants that Fed the Civil Rights Movement," 15 Mar. 2021 The soft-spoken McKnight, a player calm on the outside and even more calm on the inside. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Western Kentucky advances to Conference USA championship, moving closer to NCAA tournament," 12 Mar. 2021 Despite the fortuitous bounce, the play was a credit to the Wild's third line – which won the faceoff to maintain pressure in the Kings' end and winger Jordan Greenway's rush to the inside created the lane for Dumba to pinch. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "And another one: Marcus Johansson's overtime goal gives Wild a win over Los Angeles," 16 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Authorities on Saturday were still looking for the vehicle — a black, four door, later model Audi A8 — and the person or people who police said were inside and fired on the victims, all of whom suffered injuries not believed to be life threatening. Washington Post, "Police charge man in connection with triple shooting in Southeast Washington," 3 Apr. 2021 About a dozen people were inside, according to police, and several reported that Pereira walked out and down a stairway to the parking lot to smoke a cigarette. Don Stacom,, "Even with $50,000 reward offer, New Britain police get little help to solve deadly 2017 shooting of Gabriel Pereira," 2 Apr. 2021 This week there were 14 patients inside and 10 of them were intubated. Matt Rivers, CNN, "Overstretched health workers describe battling Brazil's worst Covid-19 wave yet," 1 Apr. 2021 Preston was in the driveway of a home in Altadena, outside of Los Angeles, and Brown was inside. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: COVID-19 cases holding steady; state borrows $21B for jobless benefits," 30 Mar. 2021 While Screw was alive, his home was raided by the FBI under the guise that there were drugs inside. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "The new DJ Screw doc will explore Screw's influence from rap to country, and I'm here for it," 26 Mar. 2021 Then, inside there was another maskless individual who, as my husband put it, was seeking attention and deliberately trying to speak closely to the cashier behind the plexiglass to ignite a response. Ryan Serpico, San Antonio Express-News, "We asked, you answered: Life in San Antonio since Texas' mask mandate expired," 24 Mar. 2021 Seven-foot freshman Hunter Dickinson will be a matchup problem for the Tigers, who are a little soft inside. Vsin Staff, Los Angeles Times, "NCAA tournament best bets: Picks against the spread for Monday’s games," 22 Mar. 2021 He's been more of a distributor, screen-setter and workhorse inside as the ball isn't sticking in the low post as much with 4 teammates watching him overdribble. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Pacers score season-high 137 points in picking apart Miami Heat," 20 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Multiple shooters began firing more than 50 rounds just before 10 p.m. Sunday, striking both the inside and outside of Tony’s Market at the corner of Northwest 22nd Road and Franklin Drive. Brooke Baitinger,, "More than 50 bullets were fired into a crowd in Fort Lauderdale, police said. Two kids are among the wounded.," 5 Apr. 2021 The document controversially requires students and teachers to remain 6 feet apart when inside school buildings, a standard the CDC and Oregon Department of Education dropped the day after the Portland school board approved the agreement. oregonlive, "Students of color get short shrift," 3 Apr. 2021 Larry Johnson was a dominant inside presence with the backcourt of Greg Anthony and Anderson Hunt providing outside threats. Erick Smith, USA Today, "The unbeaten: How perfect teams have fared in the men's tournament since 1976," 3 Apr. 2021 Legend Geeter comes from a long line of inside forces who helped make Rouge the most dominant program in state history. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Meet the 2021 Mr. Michigan Basketball finalists," 2 Apr. 2021 Limit Lawrence North’s transition opportunities and inside scoring. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Class 4A state final preview: MIC rivals Carmel and Lawrence North meet for state title," 2 Apr. 2021 Capitalizing on it would make Medlock the Sooners’ eighth commit and second inside linebacker. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State football and the recruiting battle for 4-star Justin Medlock," 1 Apr. 2021 Rookie Patrick Queen led all inside linebackers in playing time in 2020, but Fort was second, playing over 40% of the defensive snaps in eight games and 35.7% overall despite missing two games. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens re-signing LB L.J. Fort to one-year deal, reuniting after brief split," 1 Apr. 2021 Personally, my brow hairs are naturally way lighter on the inside edge near the center of my face than the rest of the brow hairs, which means that my brows can appear to lack definition and fullness in some key spots that help give them shape. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Huda Beauty’s New Brow Pencil Made My Uneven Brows Look Better and Fuller Than Ever," 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Once arrived, the atmosphere inside the barn is precisely like a cathedral, with its sombre light and air of stillness. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, "The Silent Farm for Developmental Disabilities," 3 Apr. 2021 Boulder police officer Eric Talley, who died last week during a mass shooting inside a city supermarket, was remembered for his joy in helping others and heroics in saving dozens during the rampage at King Soopers. Fox News, "Boulder shooting: Police officer credited with saving dozens of lives," 31 Mar. 2021 The AR-15-style gun was recovered inside the supermarket and is believed to have been used in the attack, said a law enforcement official briefed on the shooting who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity., "Colorado shooting suspect passed check in legal gun purchase," 26 Mar. 2021 An AR-15-style gun recovered inside the supermarket was believed to have been used in the attack, said a law enforcement official briefed on the shooting who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity., "Suburban Denver gun store owner says Boulder shooting suspect passed a state background check before buying gun," 26 Mar. 2021 Thursday's court appearance was the first time Alissa appeared in public since his arrest Monday inside the King Soopers supermarket. Colleen Slevin, Star Tribune, "Lawyer: Colorado shooting suspect needs mental health review," 25 Mar. 2021 The court appearance marked the first time that the suspect has appeared in public since he was arrested inside the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder on Monday and treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound in one of his legs. CBS News, "Boulder shooting suspect appears in court as district attorney says more charges will be filed," 25 Mar. 2021 They are kept inside a barn with artificial light and fresh air pumped in, according to the Humane Society website. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah eggs will be cage-free by 2025. Here’s why farmers lobbied for the law and why you’ll be paying more at the store.," 24 Mar. 2021 On Monday, a shooter opened fire inside the King Soopers supermarket at around 2:30 p.m. Sarah Midkiff,, "Who Were The Shooting Victims In Boulder? They Were Parents, Children, Friends — They Were All Of Us," 24 Mar. 2021

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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
: 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



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



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 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.



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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