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 In the first half, Arizona went nearly eight minutes late without a field goal and trailed UCLA 29-28 at halftime Saturday in a game largely dominated by 3-point shooting and difficult inside play. Bruce Pascoe, azcentral, "Poor-shooting Arizona Wildcats basketball team falls to UCLA," 8 Feb. 2020 The clip hangers have vinyl tips on the insides to prevent any marks, and can be adjusted easily to fit a variety of garment widths. Popular Science, "Practical, simple clothes hangers for a neat closet," 31 Jan. 2020 West Virginia is strong on the glass, and the Mountaineers have the inside and mid-range game to create mismatches and sustained runs on the scoreboard. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "West Virginia at Texas Tech college basketball odds, picks and best bets," 29 Jan. 2020 Rates start at $599 per person for an inside stateroom. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Deals and tips from a bona fide cruise expert," 25 Jan. 2020 Drew House was built for those who can relate to feeling like their insides don’t necessarily match their surroundings. Megan Armstrong, Billboard, "The Story Behind Justin Bieber's Drew House Designer Gianpiero: 'Let Us Spread Happiness'," 24 Jan. 2020 Once inside, the enzymes deputized molecules called gasdermins to punch even larger holes in the cancer cells — holes through which the cells bubbled out their insides. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Tweaking how CAR-T therapy kills tumors could stop a dangerous side effect, study finds," 17 Jan. 2020 My pain feels like there’s a sharp, hot needle inside me, being scraped against my internal organs, and like my insides are being ripped out. Claire Gillespie,, "Powerful Photos Show What Endometriosis Pain Feels Like, According to Women Who Have It," 17 Dec. 2019 Every lithium-ion battery is a Hindenburg in waiting because its insides are packed with flammable stuff. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "What Happens When You Cryogenically Freeze a Car Battery," 2 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Mengel spots Ezra's car outside Alex's house and paces back and forth before finally going inside. Jamie Yuccas, CBS News, "Why was the word "boy" carved into the arm of an accused killer?," 8 Feb. 2020 Jeep responds to that call with a top-of-the-line variant of each nameplate that spruces them up inside and out. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2020 Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler Now Come Rolling on Dubs," 6 Feb. 2020 To adapt to this new social life, the locusts’ bodies transform, inside and out. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Terrifying Science Behind the Locust Plagues of Africa," 5 Feb. 2020 Ra said the woman started ramming her car into a parked vehicle while Ra's toddler played inside, and, drove toward the family on the front lawn. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit mom, activist forced to give birth in shackles cuts deal to go free," 31 Jan. 2020 From inside, where she has been set up in front of the television, Claire watches her parents. Seija Rankin,, "Read an exclusive excerpt of Saint X, the buzzy new novel about a missing teenager," 22 Jan. 2020 Deputies learned a man had fired multiple gunshots outside a home and then went inside to look for someone in particular. oregonlive, "Police dog nabs man who fired gunshots, then hid under Salem home’s crawl space, police say," 19 Jan. 2020 Smith is already huge and will play inside on Alabama’s defensive line. al, "The Southern 120: Counting down Nos. 91-120 of the South’s top Class of 2020 recruits," 13 Jan. 2020 Herron and 6-3 sophomore Amina Muhammad (15 points Saturday) will play a bigger role inside for DeSoto (21-2, 4-1 District 7-6A) after four-star sophomore forward Sa’Myah Smith suffered a season-ending torn ACL on Dec. 28. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Basketball replay: Grand Prairie boys beat state power SGP; girls’ ‘Team of the Decade’ keeps winning," 11 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Kroger would get an inside look at a trendy grocer to firm up its position in natural and organic foods and to woo new shoppers. Nathaniel Meyersohn And Alicia Wallace, CNN, "How a beloved organic grocery chain collapsed," 7 Feb. 2020 Back in November of 2016, Doherty was quite candid about her cancer and gave the world an inside look into her struggles via Instagram and her experience receiving extensive radiation treatments. Elly Belle,, "Shannen Doherty Reveals That Her Struggle With Breast Cancer Isn’t Over Yet," 4 Feb. 2020 For an inside look at Monday evening's event, see above. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Chefs compete for top honors at Houston Truffle Masters 2020," 28 Jan. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Taylor Swift is giving an inside look at her life — and growing comfortable owning her emotions and speaking up. Alexia Fernandez,, "Taylor Swift Reveals She's Felt Like People 'Lean in with ... Hunger' When She's Felt 'Humiliated'," 24 Jan. 2020 The Big Ten Network gave fans an inside look at some of Aranda’s defensive philosophies in a film session, which can be seen above. Dallas News, "10 things to know about Baylor head coach Dave Aranda, from his nicknames to his toughness from his playing days," 17 Jan. 2020 This book brings together stories from Tabei's multiple memoirs, giving readers an inside look at her daring life. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 87 Greatest Travel Books of All Time, According to Authors," 8 Jan. 2020 The inside look at football became a standard perspective as the league came to colonize the American imagination via NFL Films. James Surowiecki, New York Times, "Beautiful. Violent. American. The N.F.L. at 100.," 19 Dec. 2019 Between long hours at the courthouse, the public defender often fires off impassioned threads to his nearly 70,000 followers, offering an inside look at the injustices of the U.S. criminal justice system. Allegra Kirkland, Teen Vogue, "Scott Hechinger: A Day in the Life of a Brooklyn Public Defender," 19 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition To prevent gun violence inside and outside of schools, Congress approved $25 million in federal funding to study firearm safety in December. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Major teacher unions call for schools to stop 'psychologically distressing' active shooter drills," 13 Feb. 2020 The district uses an app that flashes warnings across all computers inside a school and on the cell phone screens of every teacher and employee describing the threat or type of emergency situation. Ashley Mcbride,, "Teacher unions say active shooter drills can traumatize students," 11 Feb. 2020 Brittney Presley and her six children -- Lane, Lawson, Grayson, Malcom and Felicity Presley and Landon Brookshire -- died inside their home near the corner of Old Vicksburg and Hobby Farms Roads early Saturday morning. Christina Carrega, ABC News, "Window bars trapped 6 children and their mother inside an 'accidental' fire: Officials," 11 Feb. 2020 Breaching the terms of the CMA order can result in a fine of up to 5% of a company's turnover -- both inside and outside the U.K. -- and possible imprisonment for up to two years. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "U.K. Competition Regulator Orders Viagogo to Hit Pause on StubHub Merger," 10 Feb. 2020 Drummond’s first workout in his new digs finished alongside Nance, Thompson and Geriot -- at the usual big-man hoop, putting up shots from inside and outside the 3-point line. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Andre Drummond believes Cleveland Cavaliers building something ‘special,’ happy to be somewhere he’s ‘wanted'," 8 Feb. 2020 Johnson faces capital murder charges because the victim was a law enforcement officer and because the shots were allegedly fired from inside a vehicle and into another vehicle, said Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr. Carol Robinson |, al, "Funeral announced for slain Kimberly police officer Nick O’Rear," 7 Feb. 2020 One of the things we’ve seen clearly come through is how equipped Alyssa is to deal with any situation inside and outside the clubhouse. Bruce Jenkins,, "Giants manager Gabe Kapler carries himself with unshakable optimism," 7 Feb. 2020 The resort’s hotels continue to operate, but the restaurants inside them were closed on February 1. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Closed attractions, shut restaurants, and a ‘ban’ on hugs: How Disney parks are dealing with the coronavirus," 7 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of inside was in the 14th century

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“Inside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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