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 Teams are attacking them on the inside, especially when Ayton is out. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "NBA roundtable: Who deserves more attention as serious championship contenders?," 14 Apr. 2021 Events on the inside can have no effect on the outside, for all eternity. James Gleick, The New York Review of Books, "Eclipsed by Fame," 13 Apr. 2021 The rest of the piece is constructed of Polartec Power Stretch, a dual-surface fabric that’s soft and wicking on the inside yet durably hard faced on the outside. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "The Best Fleeces for Women," 12 Apr. 2021 Highlights on the inside include space for a 15-inch laptop, a detachable zippered pouch and a key strap. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, "20 Great Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day 2021," 12 Apr. 2021 With Drummond softening the Nets’ defense on the inside, the Lakers’ usually spotty three-point shooting surged. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Dennis Schroder and Kyrie Irving ejected as Lakers roll to blowout win over Nets," 10 Apr. 2021 Our thoughts: The crust was crispy outside, but remained pasty on the inside. cleveland, "Celebrate National Empanada Day with these 6 frozen appetizers from grocery store," 8 Apr. 2021 But the real winner is Winston, who pops open his earbud box with a diamond ring on the inside. Lincee Ray,, "Grey's Anatomy recap: Meredith sees more dead people," 2 Apr. 2021 By far our favorite feature of these duffels, though, is the divider panels on the inside. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Yeti’s new line of luggage is perfect for your next adventure," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb These awesome little gadgets basically let your smartphone see inside almost anything. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Crazy wireless camera that lets your phone see anywhere is $29 at Amazon for 2 more days," 16 Apr. 2021 Once capacity is reached, Patrick said staff will notify those inside to wrap up to let others in. Priscella Vega, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County and city libraries will reopen soon. Here’s what to expect," 16 Apr. 2021 The Capitol Police tried to protect the people inside. NBC news, "After the Riot," 16 Apr. 2021 An acquaintance says that on a recent visit the patio was packed, but the dining room inside was almost empty. Ben Crandell,, "10 things to do in Fort Lauderdale this weekend: Red noses, high heels and a circus downtown | Photos," 16 Apr. 2021 GeoGuessr is a convenient way to do that—especially in the midst of a pandemic keeping everyone cooped up inside. Will Backus, Wired, "People Are Playing a Guessing Game in Google Maps," 16 Apr. 2021 Four of the victims were found inside and four were found outside. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "'Act of violence' took mere minutes: How the FedEx mass shooting unfolded in Indianapolis," 16 Apr. 2021 But Ark’s sleek lines belie the adventure offered inside. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "This Epic New 331-Foot Explorer Yacht Comes With 18 Vehicles to Let You Play on Land, Sea and Air," 15 Apr. 2021 An old boiler area, one that hasn't been used in years, also had enough gaps to open a path inside. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'A serious problem': Prairie Home Cemetery's chapel in Waukesha was overrun with mice," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Focus your energy on building relationships to gain access to inside information about job opportunities that may not have been posted publicly yet. Caroline Castrillon, Forbes, "Why Your Job Search Isn’t Yielding Results," 11 Apr. 2021 Later that year, the firm pleaded guilty to a criminal fraud charge for using inside information from investment banks to profit on securities trades. Margot Patrick, WSJ, "What Is Archegos and How Did It Rattle the Stock Market?," 30 Mar. 2021 Both are wearing the smile of someone with inside information. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Pac-12 disrespected? Yes, but Larry Scott—like Bill Walton—saw a breakout coming," 24 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, those same operatives get to live in close proximity to all the resources of our modern research universities, and to important inside information about the sensitive, and often taxpayer-funded, activities of our brightest minds. Joe Wilson, National Review, "The Insidious Threat of China’s Confucius Institutes," 10 Mar. 2021 But reports from sources with access to inside information revealed the various design changes planned for the MacBook Pro. Chris Smith, BGR, "We finally know when Apple’s redesigned MacBooks will be released," 10 Mar. 2021 Even without inside information, anyone could have predicted that an incoming Democratic government would be good news for electric car manufacturers. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "This Might Be a Good Time for Democrats in Congress to Stop Trading Stocks," 30 Jan. 2021 Naomi Kelly tendered her resignation in a wake of the charges filed against her husband, who’s been accused of accepting bribes from contractor and permit consultant Walter Wong in exchange for inside information on city contracts. Megan Cassidy,, "Breed nominates Carmen Chu to be city administrator," 14 Jan. 2021 The promoters, of course, claim to have inside information that could send the stock price soaring. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Rising cases of COVID-19 stock scams threaten investors," 26 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition An end who was inside a lot Saturday was 6-foot-6, 270-pounder Noah Potter. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Jack Sawyer’s explosiveness; and interesting secondary options like Lathan Ransom, Cam Martinez, Ryan Watts: Ohio State football spring defensive breakdown," 17 Apr. 2021 There are at least three groups of students that have never been inside a school, Manuelito said, including those from pre-K, kindergarten and first grade. Shondiin Silversmith, The Arizona Republic, "San Carlos Apache schools adapted to pandemic closures, hope to reopen for summer classes," 16 Apr. 2021 So 25, 30 years later to being in IndyCar and being inside the ropes is really special for me. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, "From 7-time NASCAR champion to IndyCar rookie: Q&A with driver Jimmie Johnson," 16 Apr. 2021 What is more, their classroom is often inside their own home. Jeff Fromm, Forbes, "How Universities Can Adjust To Changing Gen Z And Millennial Preferences With Brian Cameron, Smeal College Of Business At Penn State," 16 Apr. 2021 While the traffic pattern is one-way, Davis said patrons who are inside the market can loop around for a second walk through the market; however, back-tracking will be discouraged by market staff. Steve Schering,, "Oak Park farmers’ market to return to Pilgrim Church parking lot next month," 16 Apr. 2021 At least 100 people were inside the FedEx Ground facility on Mirabel Road at the time of the shooting. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "Police identify FedEx mass shooting suspect as former employee," 16 Apr. 2021 On top of that, contact tracers would also have to determine the infections originated inside the school before a closure could occur. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 8-14, 2021," 15 Apr. 2021 Several current or former students of the high school have been killed in gunfire this year; none were shot to death inside the school, NBC affiliate WBIR reported. NBC News, "Student dead, officer injured after gunfire erupts at high school in Knoxville, Tennessee," 13 Apr. 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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“Inside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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