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 Generous hearts, discerning, on this hand, widespread Wretchedness, dark without and within, moistening its ounce-and-half of bread with tears; . . . John D. Hagen, National Review, "The Gospel of Jean-Jacques," 20 Aug. 2020 The results of that survey show vast wage disparities across, and even within, different roles and demographic groups in the company. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "EA shareholders say no to massive proposed raises for executives," 11 Aug. 2020 To home in on what gives these peculiar primates their baneful bite, Fry and his colleagues collected the underarm secretions from a handful of wild slow lorises housed at a research station in Indonesia and isolated the proteins within. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Does a Study of Slow Lorises Actually Say About Cat Allergies?," 19 Feb. 2020 The Fuel now have to embrace themselves and avoid future separation within. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "The Dallas Fuel must overcome their toughest week of the season, maybe ever, to escape their past," 6 Aug. 2020 The statement goes on to say the department had also investigated whether the video was leaked from within and had provided the video to the city attorney's office. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission chairman appears to have used position to benefit developer accused of sexual assault," 2 July 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Malik said that while some hostility toward police has generated as a result of brutality cases that gained nationwide attention, distrust exists within the city that needs to be addressed. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Akron police chief, City Council spar during first meeting of police reform committee," 15 Sep. 2020 The city approved the three applications the first week of September, meaning all three of the city’s occupancy permits for the dispensaries within the city are filled, said Linda LaCloche, spokeswoman for the city of Naperville. Erin Hegarty, chicagotribune.com, "Naperville approves all 3 recreational marijuana dispensary applications; companies expect to begin sales by the end of the year," 15 Sep. 2020 Cohen will undergo a vetting process within the next 10 days by the ownership subcommittee. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Steve Cohen's $2.475 billion purchase of Mets is latest bellwether in sale of sports franchises," 15 Sep. 2020 The new law required that all mail-in ballots be tabulated within eight days after the election, but an older law specified that the process couldn't begin until 7 am on Election Day. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "How We’ll Know the Election Wasn’t Rigged," 15 Sep. 2020 When the letter arrives at the local distribution-and-processing center, it gets put into machines that sort mail now—not by city or by zip code but by actual carrier route within the city. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "Mail-Sorting Machines Are Crucial for the U.S. Postal Service," 14 Sep. 2020 Albemarle County supervisors voted earlier this summer to take down the statute, which is located within the city of Charlottesville. CBS News, "Charlottesville removes Confederate statue near site of violent white nationalist rally," 13 Sep. 2020 Albemarle County supervisors voted earlier this summer to take down the figure of a Confederate soldier outside their courthouse, which is located within the city of Charlottesville. Washington Post, "Charlottesville prepares to take down Confederate statue near the site of violent Unite the Right rally," 12 Sep. 2020 Participants within the city are asked to respect another tradition: only going to houses with their porch lights on. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From trick-or-treating to Feargrounds, Halloween festivities are still planned in Waukesha despite COVID-19," 12 Sep. 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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24 Aug 2020

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“Within.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/within. Accessed 27 Sep. 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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