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 Ford Racing doesn't have access to a deep pool of prospects the way Toyota does, so the organization is developing from within, using road racing and simulations to circumvent Nascar testing limits and improve its drivers' versatility. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, "Deshaun Watson, Rich Paul And Mukesh Ambani: This Week’s Most Interesting Sports Business Stories," 8 Apr. 2021 The fire was the first in a series of arson attacks against, and within, L.A. County’s sprawling homeless community in 2019. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Eagle Rock man charged with torching homeless encampment, sparking brush fire in 2019," 31 Mar. 2021 And while the pair believed Texas had this sort of gritty postseason run lurking deep within, few outside the program did. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Vic Schaefer vows Texas will be 'back and back and back' after Elite Eight loss," 31 Mar. 2021 Just look to the farcical pretense of the Commonwealth of Nations, of which Meghan was expected to be a token representative in a perverse monarchical redefinition of diplomacy within. Shamira Ibrahim, Allure, "Meghan Markle's Experiences Prove the One-Drop Rule Is Still a Barrier for Black Folks," 9 Mar. 2021 Face masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, "The CDC Wants You To Skip Spring Break," 26 Feb. 2021 The latter is the first work Neshat has made specifically within and about the United States. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, "Shirin Neshat embraces the unknown and the outsider in her exhibition at the Modern," 18 Mar. 2021 The installation is an immersive experience, open to the viewer to walk within and feel it from the inside out. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "McNay must-sees: Infinity room, cheese doodle sculpture included in new exhibit at San Antonio museum," 3 Mar. 2021 Then, Garza looked within and started shaping the work ethic that helped his stats float to the top. Don Yaeger, Forbes, "What A Tech CEO, Luka And An Iceberg Can Teach You About Success," 3 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition But in piecing together Carrillo’s activities and militia contacts, law enforcement officials were stunned to discover the extent of coordination, planning and communications within the group. ProPublica, "“I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War," 14 Apr. 2021 In August 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the launch of an Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit within the Department of Justice. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Opioid Crisis Fast Facts," 14 Apr. 2021 But countries in the Middle East and North Africa collaborated little with each other: Only 5% of their articles in 2019 had a co-author from a different country within the region. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "Middle Eastern countries ramp up their scientific publications," 14 Apr. 2021 Hoosiers may see some small brown spots within large green canopies where twigs have died, but the overall health of the tree is strong. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Your trees may be at risk from the tens of millions of cicadas. Here's how to protect them.," 14 Apr. 2021 The building lies within the Harbor District, a redeveloping area that includes portions of both Walker's Point and Bay View. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Older building in Walker's Point/Harbor District sold to developer who's considering it for offices and other new uses.," 14 Apr. 2021 The April 26 full moon will come within 222,064 miles of Earth, and the May 26 full moon will be the closest of the year at 222,023 miles, according to timeanddate.com. oregonlive, "Supermoons on the rise this spring, including the ‘pink’ and ‘flower’ full moons," 14 Apr. 2021 But behind the shroud of secrecy that Venezuela has drawn over itself, significant changes occurred within the components of HAMI during 2020. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, "Hanke’s 2020 Misery Index: Who’s Miserable and Who’s Happy?," 14 Apr. 2021 Soldiers fired back from the turrets of armored trucks parked at intervals within the perimeter. Wesley Morgan, The Atlantic, "America Never Knew Why It Was in Afghanistan," 14 Apr. 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, "Hayley Kiyoko Reveals Her Routine For Glowing Goddess Skin," 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, "St. Vincent: Why She's Excited to Go to the Grammys & Work With Sleater-Kinney," 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, "London’s Favorite Celebrity Facialist Opens a New Skin-Care Studio in Tribeca," 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, "Victoria Beckham Shares a Throwback Spice Girls Instagram, Confirms Her Longtime Lip Liner Obsession," 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, "AFC Preview: Patriots still have Tom Brady, but conference could go through Chiefs or Chargers," 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, "5 Sunscreens That Will Also Give You a Glow," 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, "The Surprising Story Behind Meghan Markle’s Wedding Day Makeup," 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, "365 Days of Foundation: How One Vogue Writer Finally Found a Perfect Match," 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, "Top Fantasy Football Streaming Options for Week 1," 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, "Veronica Latsko's goal caps Dash's comeback win over Reign," 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, "This Splurge-Worthy Product Is the Secret Behind Zendaya, Emma Roberts, and Kate Upton’s Gorgeous Oscars Glow," 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, "Rockets fire their way past Hornets," 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, "From Egyptian Cats to Crime Scenes, Here’s a Preview of the Smithsonian’s Upcoming Shows," 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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15 Apr 2021

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“Within.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/within. Accessed 21 Apr. 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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