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 margincame 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 The form of the grains had not changed, but their color, both without and within, had become reddish, as if they had been exposed to smoke. Scientific American, "Fake News: Wheat Buried with Mummies Can Grow," 17 June 2020 Willem Dafoe plays the title role, going about his days of shopping, cooking, spending time with his family and preparing a new project, with a gentleness that belies a deeper torment within. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Elisabeth Moss invokes ‘Shirley’ to fiery life," 5 June 2020 The shrine responded to Gregory’s statement after Trump’s visit, which consisted of the president laying a wreath at the foot of a statue of the pope and praying at the chapel within. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Trump visit to DC shrine inflames political hostilities among Catholics," 3 June 2020 Just before serving, broil, sauté or grill scallops until lightly golden outside and just opaque within, 2-3 minutes per side. Gail Monaghan, WSJ, "Recipe: Warm Scallop Salad With Cantaloupe and Cucumber," 12 Aug. 2015 Fletcher jumps the route UCLA, which scored late in the third quarter to pull within 31-28, had just forced a Badgers punt. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Next Ten: Jamar Fletcher's interception is the dagger in 1999 Rose Bowl," 30 May 2020 Green keeps about a dozen minnows ready to use in a small plastic tray at the boat bow, within easy reach of his fishing chairs and rods. : Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Complete Guide To Spider-Rigging For Crappies," 7 May 2020 Seven bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, two guest apartments, a kitchen with a marble island and a dining room with paneled walls also lie within. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Philip Rivers looks to hand one off in San Diego," 9 May 2020 The Illini went on a 10-5 run from there to pull within six, 36-30, thanks to Bezhanishvili’s six points after Winston went out and Dosunmu’s late layup that gave him 13 for the half. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball thumps Illinois, 76-56, behind Cassius Winston's return," 3 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Football brought 68 players back in its first wave at the beginning of last week, with 25 more expected to report within the next few days. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "IU reports zero positive coronavirus tests after first wave of athletes return to campus," 23 June 2020 Shelide also is to undergo cultural awareness training within 60 days as a condition of his employment. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Shelby Township trustee taking heat for Facebook post that critics call racist," 23 June 2020 The toppling of the Serra statues provoked many others within Christian communities to predict that protesters will continue to attack Christian symbols. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Christianity becomes next battleground in cancel wars," 23 June 2020 To be eligible, cities must be one of the top 150 metropolitan areas by population, have an AARP Livability Index score above 50, and be located within 25 miles of a military base. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine pushes for U.S. Space Command headquarters to be based in Ohio," 23 June 2020 The mixed signals from the White House come as multiple factions within the administration jockey over how the U.S. should respond to China’s role in the pandemic. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "Trump tries to quickly walk back senior aide’s claim that U.S.-China trade deal is ‘over’," 23 June 2020 The law would also allow Chinese spies to operate in the city, create new divisions within Hong Kong’s government to administer its provisions and let Lam pick judges to hear particular cases. Iain Marlow And Natalie Lung / Bloomberg, Time, "Hong Kong Leader Says She Still Hasn’t Seen Draft Text of Security Law," 23 June 2020 President Donald Trump has also made an issue of closing borders to the U.S., banning most noncitizens from arriving, though within the country, people have been free to travel from city to city and state to state. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, "The Death of Cosmopolitanism," 23 June 2020 Infections within immigrant and refugee communities drove some portion of the spike, officials said. oregonlive, "Coronavirus spike in Multnomah County linked to spread among friends, family, officials say," 23 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 With more and more people opting for radiant, lit-from-within skin over a matte look, the beauty brand just launched a brand-new version of its beloved Translucent Loose Setting Powder fit for the current glow generation. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Laura Mercier's Translucent Setting Powder Glow Is Perfect for People Who Want Glow-y Skin, But Hate Highlighter," 14 Aug. 2018 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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25 Jun 2020

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“Within.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/within. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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