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

The vehicles in The Passengers are speeding toward a location where they are supposed to crash into each other and kill those inside. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartzy, "A new thriller novel offers up twisted scenarios of the tech revolution gone wrong," 28 Aug. 2019 Shortly after the shooting, the charging documents state, police set up surveillance outside Jackson’s home and saw him, a woman and two males getting into a gray Honda Accord with Massey handing over a bag to those inside. baltimoresun.com, "In deadly Maryland gun store heist, burglars were warned cops were coming. Police say they persisted anyway.," 18 June 2019 Wilkins took a handoff with 5:25 left, Mark Glowinski and Jack Doyle walled off the inside, Braden Smith made a key block to the outside and Wilkins saw only green in front of him. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Back early from surgery, Colts RB Jordan Wilkins breaks open win over Titans in home state," 16 Sep. 2019 In nickel situations, rookie defensive end Clelin Ferrell has done some work on the inside, and end Josh Mauro is also capable of playing over a guard. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders pregame: Liuget, Cooper inactive for opener," 9 Sep. 2019 Johnson, a four-time Brickyard winner, got trapped on the inside running three wide through Turn 2 on a restart and crashed, taking a handful of cars with him. Dave Kallmann, USA TODAY, "Kevin Harvick wins Brickyard 400; seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson misses playoffs for first time," 8 Sep. 2019 Robinson did well cutting off the inside, forcing Vernon to try to dip under him. cleveland.com, "Greg Robinson: How he looked during Day 18 of Cleveland Browns training camp," 20 Aug. 2019 Big Sam needs people on the inside, no question about it. SI.com, "Three Years On: How 2019 England Might Have Looked if Sam Allardyce Was Still in Charge," 4 Sep. 2019 The Colts' top four cornerbacks appear to be Pierre Desir and rookie Rock Ya-Sin on the outside, Moore and Wilson on the inside. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts trade Nate Hairston to Jets for sixth-round 2020 draft pick," 27 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The journalists told us what was happening inside, in that echoing lonely quiet. Imani Perry, Time, "'I Will Not Allow That to Be Your Life.' A Mother's Letter to Her Black Sons on Growing Up in America," 17 Sep. 2019 When tackling the helmet problem, Bottlang and Madey first started experiments with a helmet-inside-a-helmet idea, a slip layer of sorts. oregonlive, "WaveCel bursts onto the bike scene, expands into Wilsonville facility," 16 Sep. 2019 Spend a morning behind the scenes inside the largest newsroom in Northern California. SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco Chronicle newsroom tour," 16 Sep. 2019 The Ravens still need to get more pressure from inside. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston’s report card: Position-by-position grades for Ravens’ 23-17 win over Cardinals," 15 Sep. 2019 But inside, surrounded by whitewashed walls and blonde wood, a small team are designing and shipping distinctive women's shoes made entirely of recycled water bottles knitted into a soft, flexible flat. Shannon Fitzgerald, Fortune, "How Sustainable Startup Rothy’s Found Success Turning Recycled Water Bottles into Fashionable Footwear," 15 Sep. 2019 Still, many people haven’t been inside to see its 68-foot-high arched, vaulted ceilings or its spiral staircases or the vast open rooms that encompass its considerable 43,560 square feet. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Peek into a former sanatorium, French Gothic cathedral and more landmarks at Doors Open Denver," 15 Sep. 2019 Once inside, Scott threw the woman down in the living room area and got on top of her. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, "Teen charged as adult in rape of woman in her Avondale home," 13 Sep. 2019 Once inside, the man started bashing a 40-year-old gas station worker multiple times in the head and face with the hammer, police said. Fox News, "Masked man seen attacking Philadelphia gas station worker with hammer during robbery, police say," 6 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Wing-T formation is designed for more motion in the backfield with inside hand-offs and sweeps rather than a more common spread offense with more receivers. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Football: Francis Scott Key still finding success with Wing-T offense," 16 Sep. 2019 The Democratic race has turned into a contest between incrementalism and structural change, between the inside game and the change-the-game insurgents, between presumed electability and a loftier aspirational vision. NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 15, 2019," 15 Sep. 2019 The Plume Labs Flow is a portable air quality sensor that monitors airborne chemical levels and particulate matter both indoors and out, which is really interesting to see how living in an armpit of poor outdoor air pollution impacts the inside air. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Air pollution inside my house could kill me. What are you breathing in at your home?," 15 Sep. 2019 In the lead-up to Sunday’s game against the Broncos, here’s the inside slant on three notable storylines. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Sunday storylines: Anthony Miller’s restlessness, Eddy Pineiro’s range and the takeaway task for the Bears defense," 12 Sep. 2019 The outside line of the track should be longer than the inside line. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Train Wheel Science," 12 Sep. 2019 Darryl Glasser dominated the inside paint on offense and defense. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Tamarac men’s basketball league gears up for fall competition and fun," 12 Sep. 2019 On the inside things are much posher than any Defender of the past. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Land Rover Defender is a 21st century take on a 4×4 icon," 12 Sep. 2019 The dog also must have permanent identification — for example, a tattoo on the inside thigh or implanted computer chip — and a tag showing its current rabies vaccination. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Marley, dog greeter at Ski World Orlando, could be dubbed ‘dangerous’ by Orange County after biting woman’s face," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

But Neal and Isaiah Oliver dragged down Zach Ertz less than a yard short of the marker on another fourth-down play inside the 10 to preserve the victory. BostonGlobe.com, "Frank Reich reaffirms Colts' commitment to Adam Vinatieri," 17 Sep. 2019 Side-by-side panels offer a peek inside the changing rooms as the heroes and their dates (Lois Lane and Selina) are swapping outfits, featuring the Bat in boxer briefs. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Hot daddy Batty: Batman #79 artist talks Bruce Wayne's beefcake beach bod," 17 Sep. 2019 In this spot, tucked just inside the Arctic Circle, the sun sets late in mid-August and dusk lingers far into the night. Denise Chow, NBC News, "My night stranded on the edge of Greenland's fast-melting Helheim Glacier," 17 Sep. 2019 After Nélson Semedo brought down Jadon Sancho inside the box, Reus stepped up and fired a powerful shot which was destined to nestle in the bottom corner of the net. SI.com, "Twitter Reacts as Quality Marc-André ter Stegen Performance Reignites Germany National Team Debate," 17 Sep. 2019 Stash inside glass storage containers in the fridge, chill, and add to salads for a flavor, nutrition, and texture boost. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "5 Trader Joe's New Products to Try This Fall," 17 Sep. 2019 Here’s the story behind one of journalism’s longest-running inside jokes. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Trump’s coming to town. Here’s everything he’s ever tweeted about California," 17 Sep. 2019 And that’s how Albrecht, armed with a hidden camera, came to spend several days filming inside the Berlin offices of The Epoch Times. Seth Hettena, The New Republic, "The Obscure Newspaper Fueling the Far-Right in Europe," 17 Sep. 2019 Security camera footage inside the synagogue shows the shootings, according to authorities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Evidence in case involving accused Poway synagogue shooter to be laid out in court," 17 Sep. 2019

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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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