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 It’s made in the Japanese style, a marshmallowy yellow football concealing soft scrambled egg within. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Sep. 2021 The huge camera bump is back as well, but Apple has rearranged the camera lenses within. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 14 Sep. 2021 There are many who still struggle with the lonely pain that cuts deep within. ABC News, 11 Sep. 2021 There are many who still struggle with a lonely pain that cuts deep within. CNN, 11 Sep. 2021 These factors embody the potentially explosive, volatile nature of youth and the fang-like sharpness of the emotions young people hide deep within. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 8 Sep. 2021 Sebban and his team decided to embrace the atmosphere, creating a bunkerlike agora with surfaces of polished concrete that become rougher the farther one ventures within. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021 But the overall rate masks deep disparities among, and even within, regions. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 The City Attorney’s Office contends it that checked on the man within and found him in a state that led them to call a Psychiatrics Emergency Response Team. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Or, as his detractors within the anti-government movement have alleged, is there something suspicious about the fact that Rhodes has not been charged? Hannah Allam, Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2021 The crimes served multiple purposes, with gang members seeking to enhance the enterprise’s prestige, maintain discipline within their ranks or intimidate members of the community, prosecutors said in court documents. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 Leaks in a cell can lead to shortened battery life or fires since electrolytes within the batteries are highly flammable, according to Thomas Parker, Inficon Automotive Sales Market Manager. Ed Garsten, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 On Thursday, board members sat within six feet of one another, though not packed shoulder-to-shoulder, during a meeting that lasted roughly two hours. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2021 As with last year, harvests must still be reported to the department within 10 days. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 Seroka described cargo containers piled up on the docks by the thousands, waiting for a ride on the short railroad line within the ports that takes the steel boxes to their next trip by transcontinental rail. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 The Wildcats had their top five finish within 58 seconds of each other, with their fifth man placing 25th with a time of 16:38.7. Joe Magill, cleveland, 17 Sep. 2021 Grissom closed within 27-21 in the final five minutes, but Albertville put the game away with a late touchdown. al, 17 Sep. 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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with hopes of


within a whisker of

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18 Sep 2021

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