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within

adverb with·in \ wi-ˈt͟hin , -ˈthin \

Definition of within

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

Examples of within in a Sentence

  1. We could hear sounds coming from within.

  2. The sign on the door says “Help Wanted: Inquire Within.”

  3. We all try to appear strong and attempt to hide the scared little child within.

  4. They were outwardly calm but nervous within.

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Origin and Etymology of within

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


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within

preposition

Definition of within

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 mark
  • within a mile of the town
3 :to the inside of :into
  • sunk the sea within the earth
  • —William Shakespeare

Examples of within in a Sentence

  1. They live within the city limits.

  2. We could hear sounds coming from within his apartment.

  3. Reports from within the company indicate a change in policy.

  4. Most students find a job within a year of graduating.

  5. She made several friends within days of moving into her new apartment.

  6. He entered the house, and within seconds, he was surrounded by children.

  7. Everything I need is within a few miles of my apartment.

First Known Use of within

12th century


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within

noun

Definition of within

:an inner place or area
  • revolt from within

Examples of within in a Sentence

  1. structural decay had started from within

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First Known Use of within

15th century

within Synonyms


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within

adjective

Definition of within

:being inside :enclosed
  • the within indictment

First Known Use of within

1748


WITHIN Defined for English Language Learners

within

adverb

Definition of within for English Language Learners

  • : inside something

  • : in someone's inner thoughts, feelings, etc.


within

preposition

Definition of within for English Language Learners

  • : inside (a certain area or space)

  • : inside (a group, company, society, etc.)

  • : before the end of (a particular period of time)


WITHIN Defined for Kids

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within

adverb with·in \ wit͟h-ˈin , with- \

Definition of within for Students

:2inside
  • Sounds came from within.

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within

preposition

Definition of within for Students

1 :4inside 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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