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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Though his work pace has slowed, that adventurous spirit still burns within. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Feb. 2022 Smart companies thus promote their values both without and within. Bruce Weinstein, Forbes, 29 June 2022 In the 1920s and 1930s, Father Coughlin saw enemies without and also within. Jason Fields, The Week, 2 May 2022 Internally, there's no better time than now to grow from within and develop a more productive workforce. Neal Stanton, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Master the art of effectively leading a virtual team by looking at the whole picture. Focus on growth from within, and foster an environment that welcomes leadership shifts. Michael Lane, Forbes, 19 May 2022 By comparison, on Thursday, only 216 flights into, within and out of the United States were canceled. Christine Chung, BostonGlobe.com, 27 May 2022 And, regarding color, the whole picture is a study in shades of green and orange, inflected with beige and white and set within and against an ominous, somber background. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Enter at the 42nd Street—Bryant Park/Fifth Avenue Station and travel to the B, D, F and M train platforms deep within to reach the new pedestrian tunnel to the Shuttle at Times Square. New York Times, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Meanwhile in Montana, the Elmo wildfire nearly tripled in size to more than 11 square miles within a few miles of the town of Elmo. Julie Watson, Rebecca Boone, Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2022 California claims to know how much climate-warming gas is going into the air from within its borders. Drew Costley, ajc, 31 July 2022 Of course, many parts of Europe regularly see temperatures above 27 degrees, and manufacture their rails to work within warmer temperature windows. Wired, 31 July 2022 The complaint involved an anti-bullying lesson that a teacher within the district performed with their students. Fox News, 31 July 2022 Even in Uvalde, where the police have been criticized for waiting on site for more than an hour, the gunman is believed to have fired more than 100 rounds within the first three minutes, according to a state report. New York Times, 31 July 2022 Both devices also need to be within Bluetooth range, which Apple puts at approximately 33 feet. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 30 July 2022 That often goes to the offense who put the ball within field goal range. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 As an example, McKay cites caverns filled with giant gypsum crystals buried deep within a mountain range in Mexico. Allison Gasparini, Scientific American, 27 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Johnson is delicious in this scene, a perfect mix of bumbling and lit-from-within, but her performance crumbles like clay in the grasp of such a plodding script. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 16 July 2022 For the lit-from-within glow, the Beauty Light Wand in Peachgasm was applied and set with Cheek to Chic powder blush in Pillow Talk, the brand's signature shade. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 10 June 2022 Add a few swipes of this clean and buzzy highlighter from RMS Beauty to the high points of your face for an easy, glow-from-within look. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Apr. 2022 Backlit blush is also a way into the shimmer blush trend that feels a little more toned down, and with zero chances of looking overly glittery—just lit-from-within. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 18 Apr. 2022 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 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 See More

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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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with hopes of


within a whisker of

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1 Aug 2022

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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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