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



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

South Dakota is spotless on the inside, with an all-new interior. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Come Take a Tour of America's Newest Nuclear Submarine," 7 Jan. 2019 There’s plenty of steel on the inside, though, starting with a 900-pound front door that glides open like a bank vault (a fabricator was flown in from Seattle to install it and calibrate the swing). Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Dreamed of a Modern Home in a Pastoral Setting," 11 Dec. 2018 The inside is a carbon foam, which is just another kind of carbon and is actually about 97 percent air. James Rogers, Fox News, "Weird solar science: How NASA's Parker probe will dive through the Sun's atmosphere," 10 Aug. 2018 Comfort was key in their review process: Boots got high marks for cushioning in the footbed, extra padding on the inside, and offering a range of sizes and half sizes. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Hiking Boots for Women, Reviewed by Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 Please join me in a prayer for Normal-Aged Ian, a sweet and gentle man who always has a positive attitude and seems happy but is clearly suffering on the inside. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4 Episode 4 Reveals How Claire & Jamie May Die," 26 Nov. 2018 Nazis Inside,’ and those inside have looked down on the din from top-floor offices. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Five times Anthony Kennedy was the fifth vote shows the significance of his retirement," 28 June 2018 The man took off running as those inside struggled to see and breathe, Wuerth said. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "An activist group says it was holding a nonviolence training in Spenard when an intruder entered with pepper spray," 22 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Gigabyte is aiming at the very highest end of the market with a power-hungry Core i9 and Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU inside, so battery savings are particularly relevant to this machine. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Gigabyte's Aero 15 optimizes itself to save power and push performance," 9 Jan. 2019 In Chinese-American cooking, if there is any pork [which is not a kosher food], it is usually concealed inside something, like a wonton. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.," 21 Dec. 2018 Signals will be easier to pick up under treetops, within the canyons of cities, and inside buildings. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "USAF's Next-Gen GPS Satellites Will Be a Huge Upgrade...Eventually," 26 Dec. 2018 Black’s son being involved may help explain certain aspects of the video, including references to multiple inside jokes PewDiePie fans would understand (such as the chair Black is sitting on). Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Jack Black is launching a new YouTube channel mostly dedicated to gaming," 26 Dec. 2018 Inside a Candleholder One of the easiest — and fastest! — ways to get rid of wax residue is to run steaming-hot tap water over the holder, scooping out whatever's inside with your fingers or a paper towel. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Remove Candle Wax from Clothes, Carpet, and More," 24 Dec. 2018 The winter weather outside might be frightful, but cozying up inside with our fave Christmas movies on Netflix and some snacks is always delightful. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Stream During the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2018 Without Dickerson inside, the Huskies hoisted and missed a slew of three-pointers. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Three takeaways from Washington’s 73-55 season-opening win over Western Kentucky," 7 Nov. 2018 Once inside, multiple lines ran throughout the gym in a chaotic scene. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Technical Woes Lead to Long Waits at NYC Voting Sites," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Maître de maison Benoit Saudemont gives the inside scoop. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Room at...Hotel Splendide Royal in Paris," 8 Jan. 2019 Second, being on a first-name basis shows the investors on the call who might have the inside scoop from management on what is really going on at the company. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "CBS Analysts Aren’t Clueless—They’re Feckless," 3 Aug. 2018 When the horses approached the first turn, Restoring Hope took a noticeably wide path that went rightward in front of Noble Indy before veering back to the left in a manner that appeared to push Bravazo to an inside position behind Justify. Des Bieler,, "Did Justify get undue help from another Bob Baffert horse in winning at Belmont?," 10 June 2018 Preview: Why more mayhem could be on tap, and Will Power could win Pagenaud will start next to Power on Row 1, while Power will occupy the inside position of Row 2. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Josef Newgarden's pole position at Texas could be more important than ever," 8 June 2018 Uk coach Mark Stoops reviews first full scrimmage of spring Jon Hale/Courier Journal LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky football's already-thin inside linebacker position has lost its most experienced player for the rest of spring practice. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football linebacker Jordan Jones out until August with shoulder injury," 5 Apr. 2018 On the inside linebacker position battle: The battle is between Tyler (Taylor) and Jacob (Phillips). Andrew Lopez,, "Full transcript of what LSU coach Ed Orgeron said after first spring practice," 11 Mar. 2018 Viewers will get an inside look at how Lagerfeld transported the show’s guests to a garden party at the Grand Palais and the debut of 2018’s couture bride, Adut Akech Bior, the second black bride in Chanel history after Alek Wek. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel Are Getting the Netflix Treatment in the New Documentary Series 7 Days Out," 3 Dec. 2018 All of these inside looks at the family's interactions make us miss Fixer Upper even more. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines's Sons Just Played the Best Prank on Their Mom," 27 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Demolition Knocking out and removing old items, materials, wall coverings, or walls inside the home. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "See The Definitions Of Common Renovation Terms," 26 Dec. 2018 When houses and structures begin to burn, as is happening in California right now, the materials inside—cleaning supplies, plastic furniture and appliances, diesel tanks—can produce toxic gases and carcinogens. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The Dangerous Health Risks That Could Follow the California Wildfires," 16 Nov. 2018 Arizona Bark Scorpion: Often found inside homes in the Phoenix area, this two-to-three-inch-long scorpion has a sting that can be very painful, although deaths from scorpions stings are rare. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "A Desert Home Design Inspired by Paperweights," 8 Nov. 2018 The baby’s body was later found inside a well, the BBC reports. Fox News, "'Baby snatcher' monkey hunted after infant found dead in well," 2 Oct. 2018 Blending a classic pinecone shape with the geometric elements of a geodesic dome, the result is a 5.5-ton steel and California Redwood house that glimmers both inside and out. Megan Barber, Curbed, "You can buy this tiny treehouse shaped like a pinecone," 11 Dec. 2018 But neocons both inside and outside the direct orbit of the Standard have the distinct honor of being the conservative faction that has demonstrated the most intellectual integrity in the Trump era. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The Weekly Standard’s demise is a reminder that there are some ideas worse than Trumpism," 5 Dec. 2018 The big news: Whiskey Lake CPU, MX150 GPU The CPU and GPU changes inside the Razer Blade Stealth are significant. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer's Blade Stealth gets a long-awaited upgrade to GeForce graphics and a Whiskey Lake CPU," 4 Dec. 2018 Again, while staying inside enjoying hot chocolate and a book is certainly hygge, getting outside to go for a long walk (yes, even in the winter) and spending time with friends and family is also a crucial part of the idea. Lyndsey Matthews, Country Living, "What Is Hygge? Everything You Need To Know About The Danish Lifestyle Trend," 4 Dec. 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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