with·​in | \ wi-ˈt͟hin How to pronounce within (audio) , -ˈthin How to pronounce within (audio) \

Definition of within

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : in or into the interior : inside
2 : in one's inner thought, disposition, or character : inwardly search within for a creative impulse— Kingman Brewster †1988



Definition of within (Entry 2 of 4)

1 used as a function word to indicate enclosure or containment
2 used as a function word to indicate situation or circumstance in the limits or compass of: such as
a : before the end of gone within a week
b(1) : not beyond the quantity, degree, or limitations of live within your income
(2) : in or into the scope or sphere of within the jurisdiction of the state
(3) : in or into the range of within reach within sight
(4) used as a function word to indicate a specified difference or margin came within two points of a perfect markwithin a mile of the town
3 : to the inside of : into sunk the sea within the earth— William Shakespeare



Definition of within (Entry 3 of 4)

: an inner place or area revolt from within



Definition of within (Entry 4 of 4)

: being inside : enclosed the within indictment

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Synonyms & Antonyms for within

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of within in a Sentence

Adverb We could hear sounds coming from within. The sign on the door says “Help Wanted: Inquire Within.” We all try to appear strong and attempt to hide the scared little child within. They were outwardly calm but nervous within. Preposition They live within the city limits. We could hear sounds coming from within his apartment. Reports from within the company indicate a change in policy. Most students find a job within a year of graduating. She made several friends within days of moving into her new apartment. He entered the house, and within seconds, he was surrounded by children. Everything I need is within a few miles of my apartment. Noun structural decay had started from within
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Upskilling can help companies promote diverse employees from within, said Chipotle’s chief diversity, inclusion, and people officer Marissa Andrada. Fortune, 26 May 2021 For people of every gender identity, there is a dance between the masculine and feminine energies within. Alicia Keys, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 Even if you've been fully vaccinated, you will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the US, and in US transportation hubs, like airports and stations. Health.com, 27 Apr. 2021 The 10 free, vegan, cruelty-free line ranges from $5.99 to $8.99 and the bottles are cutely made with a crown at the top, instantly reminding young girls and women not to forget the Queen that lies within. Danielle James, Essence, 6 May 2021 The unprepossessing outside of the cave gives little hint of the ecclesiastical beauty hidden within. Richard Quest And Joe Minihane, CNN, 18 Apr. 2021 Coated in a single piece of Gorilla Glass, the Hyperscreen spans the entire dashboard, incorporating three displays within. Nelson Ireson, Car and Driver, 15 Apr. 2021 More importantly, because the chicken was freshly breaded and fried, each bite was both audibly crunchy and impressively juicy within. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, 15 Apr. 2021 Detroit scored 13 straight to pull within three before the Spurs went on an 11-2 run to lead 82-70 heading into the fourth quarter. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition An index of manufacturers’ order backlogs within Tuesday’s report reached its highest level since the ISM began reporting it in 1993. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 1 June 2021 But none are immediately identifiable from within the classic French pastry repertoire. Vivian Song, Robb Report, 1 June 2021 Some women have even reported being forced to sign contracts promising not to get pregnant within a certain period at new jobs. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 The Chinese government strongly denies allegations of genocide and says that any attempts to limit the Uyghur population fall within the country's standard birth control policies. Ben Westcott, CNN, 1 June 2021 Fears are growing that worsening inequality — within and between nations — could be one of its longest-lasting effects. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 The church is a sacred space for them in more ways than one, as trans Christians in Pakistan are a minority within a minority in an overwhelmingly Muslim country. NBC News, 1 June 2021 Hikind argued that a double standard exists within the Democratic Party when addressing crimes targeting the Black community versus the Jewish community. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 1 June 2021 His 3 with 5:30 left got the Grizzlies within 106-104. Teresa M. Walker, orlandosentinel.com, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For that glowing-from-within look, Kiyoko reaches for the Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, 10 Mar. 2021 Masseduction, which Clark produced with Jack Antonoff, has been compared to David Bowie’s Let’s Dance! and, like Bowie, Clark has an exacting approach that places her music both within and well beyond the boundaries of pop. Brooke Mazurek, Billboard, 25 Jan. 2019 When Londoners look to up their complexion game, one name is traded back and forth, sotto voce: Teresa Tarmey, the facialist behind the lit-from-within glows of Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Naomie Harris, and a gaggle of It Brits too numerous to name. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 24 Aug. 2018 Then today, while prepping for a day of press in New York City, Beckham called upon celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo for a lit-from-within glow and a nude lip using one of her new universally flattering Lip Definer. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, 16 Oct. 2019 Patriots Reaching the Super Bowl for a fourth consecutive season is a within-reach goal for the Patriots despite losses on the roster and coaching staff. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, 5 Sep. 2019 Its Japanese wild rose helps shrink the appearance of pores, while Hadasei-3, its bioactive trinity complex comprised of rice, green tea, and algae, reinvigorates the skin for a lit-from-within finish. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 15 May 2019 Relying on his seasoned talent and ability to give clients a lit-from-within look, Martin was able to deliver a flawless application that was nowhere near overdone. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, 28 Feb. 2019 The favorite that once left me with a lit-from-within glow came up flat after my dermatologist prescribed new medicine that left my skin drier than usual. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 18 Apr. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Expecting both John Brown and Cole Beasley to have solid games in PPR formats is well within reason as QB Josh Allen could exploit the holes in the backend of the Jets’ defense. Frankie Taddeo, SI.com, 4 Sep. 2019 Despite scoring just four goals during that stretch, Wednesday's game stayed well within reach as the Dash found yet failed to convert solid opportunities until Mewis leveled the match. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, 23 May 2018 The formula is available in seven super-flattering shades and can be worn alone, blended with foundation, or applied as a highlighter to give skin a dewy, lit-from-within appearance. Kathleen Mulpeter, Health.com, 5 Mar. 2018 While the Rockets continued to misfire, going 1 of 6 on 3s in the final three minutes of the half, the Hornets made enough free throws to stay within range as Walker sank a 3-pointer and four free throws to cut the lead to 10. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, 27 Oct. 2017 The works within are notable for their inventive use of negative space and intentional omissions, which goes to show that what isn’t present can often be just as affecting as what is. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of within


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1748, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for within


Middle English withinne, from Old English withinnan, from with + innan inwardly, within, from in

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The first known use of within was before the 12th century

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2 Jun 2021

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“Within.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/within. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of within

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: inside something
: in someone's inner thoughts, feelings, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of within (Entry 2 of 2)

: inside (a certain area or space)
: inside (a group, company, society, etc.)
: before the end of (a particular period of time)


with·​in | \ wit͟h-ˈin How to pronounce within (audio) , with- \

Kids Definition of within

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: inside entry 2 Sounds came from within.



Kids Definition of within (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : inside entry 4 sense 1 Stay within the house.
2 : not beyond the limits of You should live within your income.
3 : before the end of I'll be there within a week.


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