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

Similarly, the Pocket Closet aims to pull double duty, functioning as a shelving unit from the outside, and expanding to reveal ample closet space on the inside. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ori’s new robotic furniture includes a bed that drops from the ceiling," 14 Nov. 2018 Samsung is actually using two separate displays to create its foldable phone — one on the inside, and a smaller display on the outside — unlike Royole’s FlexPai, which uses a single folding display on the outside of the device. Tom Warren, The Verge, "The foldable phones are coming," 8 Nov. 2018 One thing that isn't really changed is the amount of available space on the inside. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The new 2019 Hyundai Kona EV is a clever little electric crossover," 24 Oct. 2018 And on the inside, what may appear like any other Starbucks cafe has been specifically laid out and decorated to celebrate deaf culture. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks opens first U.S. sign language store — with murals, tech pads and fingerspelling," 23 Oct. 2018 The Mate 20 phones are pretty incredible on the inside as well. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Huawei Mate 20 Mate 20 Pro hands on: Enter the Matrix with the do-it-all Android phones," 16 Oct. 2018 Bake, turning once, until golden brown and crisp (but still slightly chewy on the inside), 15 to 20 minutes. 2. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Cider-Braised Chicken-and-Fennel Panzanella," 21 Sep. 2018 Unfortunately, the house has nothing useful inside. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal, day 1: welcome to the wasteland," 14 Nov. 2018 Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and, using a teaspoon, hollow out each half, transferring the insides to a cutting board; chop. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Mediterranean Zucchini Boats with Kefir-Mint Topping," 25 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The super-super soft microfiber can stand alone or stuffed inside a duvet. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Build Your Best Bed Ever," 26 Oct. 2018 Gregg Sulkin Not long after he and Bella Thorne split, Bella was seen making out with Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey. Instead of keeping his feelings bottled up inside, Gregg tweeted his thoughts on the matter. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "18 Celebs Who Threw Massive Amounts of Shade at Their Exes," 17 Oct. 2018 And what if Whittle had followed the gunman inside? Frances Stead Sellers, Washington Post, "Two Oklahoma citizens killed an active shooter, and it's not as simple as it sounds," 13 July 2018 According to a press release, researchers pulverized some of the rock to try and extract molecules from any ancient organisms trapped inside. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Pink Was the First Color of Life on Earth," 10 July 2018 The group entered the Tham Luang cave on June 23 for what was meant to be a half-day trek, but were trapped inside by rising floodwaters. Time, "'I Love You Mom, I Love You Dad.' Trapped Thai Soccer Team Sends Handwritten Notes From the Cave," 8 July 2018 Firefighters were told by residents watching the fire there might be people trapped inside, according to a fire department news release. Chris Mayhew,, "Florence firefighters injured, temporarily trapped, at a house fire," 6 July 2018 One of the men in the car was trapped inside, and the other got out and ran. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police catch several people in two unrelated stops," 25 June 2018 Beginning Sunday, good Samaritans in Kansas won't have to think about getting sued for busting out the window of a hot car to save a child or pet trapped inside. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Kansas removes lawsuit fear for rescuers of children, pets trapped in hot cars," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But for those inside Google, the petition followed a familiar pattern. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How Googlers organized against the company’s China plans," 30 Nov. 2018 Access to that paddock usually requires at least two different lanyards and some kind of inside connection. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Open mind, wide open throttle: We go to our first NASCAR race," 15 Nov. 2018 Samsung's inside-display design means putting a harder crease in the display, and therefore more stress. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung’s foldable phone is real, and it launches next year," 7 Nov. 2018 Lay the legs parallel on the ground, then insert the 2-inch segments [D] into each remaining opening of the top T-couplers [E]to make the monster’s shoulders. Connect the inside 2-inch pieces [D]with another T-coupler [E], with the stem pointing up. A.c. Shilton, Popular Mechanics, "This DIY Halloween Monster Is a Perfect Project That's Good To Make With Kids Too," 22 Oct. 2018 Clear your head and shed the stress of your inside life by going outdoors. Hannah Deely, Redbook, "5 Ways to Balance Your Life With the Swedish Concept of Lagom," 2 Oct. 2018 Mediapart said the weapon was apparently a Glock, the kind Benalla was authorized to carry only inside campaign headquarters. Elaine Ganley, Fox News, "Macron's presidency hurt by ex-aide flaunting gun in photo," 25 Sep. 2018 The inside sole, according to Vouge, is printed with the words strength, courage, loyalty, and dignity. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "LeBron James Teams Up With Harlem's Fashion Row on New Nike Sneakers, Inspired by Strong African-American Women," 5 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

But then conflict takes over — not originating from inside their relationship, but pressing in from the outside world. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 9 Oscar contenders coming out in December," 3 Dec. 2018 Ma’ono hawks its popular chicken sandwiches at a counter window inside Rachel’s Ginger Beer on 12th Avenue. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 The best part, however, is the series of origami-style folding dividers inside that allow the bag to accommodate for all different types of camera and tech. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Black Friday Luggage Deals of 2018," 23 Nov. 2018 The wasps hatch, devour the roach inside the egg case and escape by drilling a hole out to freedom. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 Arriving at the historic jewelry maker for her girls party at Blue Box Cafe inside Tiffany’s flagship store, Chopra looked stunning in a suitably bridal all-white dress which wouldn't look out of place walking down the aisle. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra Threw a Gorgeous Bridal Shower With Her Closest Friends at Tiffany's in NYC," 29 Oct. 2018 Lidingö is deep inside the Stockholm archipelago, very close to the Swedish capital. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Mystery Submarine Spotted in Swedish Waters," 29 Oct. 2018 The incident revealed a potential for the battery inside the camera to ignite. Fox News, "NYPD pulls 3,000 body cams off street after one exploded," 22 Oct. 2018 That's because the rectum can suck things inside the body like a vacuum (unlike the vaginal canal, which ends with the cervix). Zoë Ligon, Allure, "9 Things You Need to Know Before You Have Anal," 5 Nov. 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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