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

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 As sirens start to creep up in the distance — because clearly someone on the inside has called the police — Tony and his red mustang pull up. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Clay Ended 13 Reasons Why Season 2 In A Very Compromising Position," 24 Aug. 2019 Quigley is another returning starter and will play on the inside. Jon J. Kerr, chicagotribune.com, "Pioneer Press 2019 football preview: Libertyville Wildcats," 23 Aug. 2019 Slowly but surely Leo has started to not only look better on the outside but truly feel better on the inside. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Sumo the big kitty and more up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 23 Aug. 2019 But Oregon’s depth behind Pittman on the inside is primarily receivers who typically play outside, specifically Johnny Johnson III or Juwan Johnson, who are in line to start at Z and X, respectively. oregonlive.com, "Oregon freshman receiver Mycah Pittman out 6-8 weeks with shoulder injury," 20 Aug. 2019 The lime flavor really came through, and the brown sugar in the marinade really did help the chicken caramelize on the outside, while the lime juice kept it juicy on the inside. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Trio of grilling recipes to get us through the end of summer," 12 Aug. 2019 Madubuike and Brown are expected to man the inside for starters, with talented junior backup Jayden Peevy breathing down their backs. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "A&M’s Justin Madubuike wants to get ahead, not get a head," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

He and the other passenger, identified as Rebecca Broxterman, were trapped inside. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Kevin Hart suffers 'major back injuries' after car crash," 1 Sep. 2019 Late Tuesday, suspected members of the Jalisco cartel showed up at the Caballo Blanco nightclub, blocked its exits and set a fire that killed 28 people trapped inside, possibly because the owner had refused to stop selling drugs from another gang. Washington Post, "Mexico’s new drug war may be worse than old one," 30 Aug. 2019 Everton came through a difficult clash with a plucky Lincoln City, going behind inside 20 seconds as Harry Anderson scored for the hosts. SI.com, "Carabao Cup Roundup: Burnley & Newcastle Suffer Early Exits as Premier League Trio Seal Wins," 28 Aug. 2019 The teenager had crashed into a tree in the center median and was trapped inside. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "Antioch crash kills 16-year-old driver," 24 Aug. 2019 The biologists were intending to shut the pen by remote control, trapping Hillary inside. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Rescue comes at long last for Hillary the donkey," 23 Aug. 2019 This designation qualifies them to enter burning buildings to rescue victims trapped inside and to attack fires from within the structure. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 19 Aug. 2019 Thankfully, the injuries to the police officers were not life-threatening and the two officers trapped inside were evacuated by a SWAT team several hours before the suspect, Maurice Hill, surrendered. Christopher Tremoglie, National Review, "Philly Mayor Peddles False Narrative for Gun Control After a Man with a Long Criminal History Shoots Six Police Officers," 15 Aug. 2019 Erie firefighters responded to the blaze in the three-story building around 1 a.m. amid reports of children trapped inside. Fox News, "Firefighter loses 3 children in Pennsylvania blaze as he responds to another call," 13 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Ravens will have just seven offensive linemen, three inside linebackers and three full-time defensive tackles available. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens rookie QB Trace McSorley, G Ben Powers inactive for season opener vs. Dolphins," 8 Sep. 2019 Ruled out, as expected, were fullback Andy Janovich (pectoral) and inside linebacker Joe Jones (triceps). Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Briefs: Joe Flacco’s re-structured contract creates salary cap space," 7 Sep. 2019 Micah Kiser required surgery after suffering a pectoral injury during the preseason, so Bryce Hager will take Barron’s spot at inside linebacker. Los Angeles Times, "Are the Rams ready to take the last step in 2019?," 6 Sep. 2019 The Texans reached an injury settlement with inside linebacker B.J. Bello, removing him from injured reserve. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans reach injury settlement with linebacker B.J. Bello," 4 Sep. 2019 Jack will become the NFL's third-highest paid inside linebacker with Saturday's extension. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Report: Jaguars Sign LB Myles Jack to Four-Year, $57 Million Contract Extension," 31 Aug. 2019 For the time being, tight end Bradley Archer, running back Austin Jones, defensive end Joshua Pakola and inside linebacker Tristan Sinclair aren’t allowed to speak with the media. Vytas Mazeika, The Mercury News, "Stanford football: Bay Area recruits make case for playing time," 27 Aug. 2019 The extension makes Smith the third-highest paid inside linebacker in the league, after the Seattle Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner and New York Jets’ C.J. Mosley. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "LB Jaylon Smith, Dallas Cowboys agree to long-term contract extension," 20 Aug. 2019 Lining up at inside linebacker for the Falcons was 180-pound Grant Anderson. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Linebackers creating havoc, inside and out," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Young Joni was constructed inside a former Polish community center in northeast Minneapolis. Brett Anderson, New York Times, "From Pizza to Tortillas, a Midwestern Chef Defies Assumptions," 10 Sep. 2019 Gather inside the community house for a kava ceremony with the village elders. National Geographic, "Fiji Community Service: Community Restoration," 10 Sep. 2019 Below, here’s a look inside the convention center where style is a purely individual, crystal-bedecked thing. Vogue, "RuPaul Spices Up Fashion Week with Dragcon, Featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Warren, and Wigs Galore," 10 Sep. 2019 Sure, even going by the rankings of major metropolitan areas rather than cities alone, Birmingham is just barely inside the Top 50. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019 Protesters knelt inside the subway station for hours last week, begging the transportation authority to release CCTV video of the hours when police were inside. Los Angeles Times, "‘The whole system is rotten. We want to tear it down’: Hong Kong protests blaze on," 8 Sep. 2019 Backup inside linebacker Sampson Niu had an interception and forced a fumble. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks defense has most dominant performance since 2010 while decimating Nevada," 8 Sep. 2019 Kindness Creators recently held its first day of classes for preschoolers age three to five, with its students gathering daily inside the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "New preschool brings little kids and seniors together at Oak Park Arms," 7 Sep. 2019 On Friday, peaceful protesters gathered inside the Prince Edward subway station for a sit in to call on the MTR transport corporation to release CCTV of Sunday's incident. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Hong Kong protesters threaten new airport disruptions after street clashes with police," 7 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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