in·​side | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsīd How to pronounce inside (audio) , ˈin-ˌsīd How to pronounce inside (audio) \

Definition of inside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : an interior or internal part or place : the part within
b : inward nature, thoughts, or feeling
c : viscera, entrails usually used in plural
2 : an inner side or surface
3a : a position of power, trust, or familiarity only someone on the inside could have told
b : confidential information has the inside on what happened at the convention
4 : the area nearest a specified or implied point of reference: such as
a : the side of home plate nearest the batter
b : the middle portion of a playing area
c : the area near or underneath the basket in basketball



Definition of inside (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : on the inner side
2 : in or into the interior stayed inside during the storm
3 : to or on the inside
4 : in prison



Definition of inside (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : of, relating to, or being on or near the inside an inside pitch
2a : relating or known to a select group inside information



Definition of inside (Entry 4 of 4)

1a : in or into or as if in or into the interior of waited inside the church
b : on the inner side of just inside the door
2 : within inside an hour

Synonyms & Antonyms for inside

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of inside in a Sentence

Noun The inside of the church is quite beautiful. I've never seen the inside of a computer before. Adverb I cleaned my car inside and out. The candy is chewy inside. We went inside during the storm. Step inside and look at our menu. He got put inside for burglary. Adjective the inside edge of her foot He gave us an inside view of the situation. I got the inside story from a friend who works there. Preposition We waited inside the store. Several people were trapped inside the burning building. She kept her hands inside her pockets. His feelings were building up inside him. He lives inside the city limits. Sources inside the company indicate that there are disagreements about the change in management. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Tuesday, McCraw methodically laid out undisputed facts: officers with rifles were on the scene within moments, and the classroom doors could not have been locked from the inside. Steve Helling,, 22 June 2022 For instance, McCraw said, neither the exterior door nor the classroom doors could be locked from the inside that day, giving the gunman an easy pathway. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, 22 June 2022 McCraw also said the classroom door could not be locked from the inside. Jim Vertuno And Jake Bleiberg, Anchorage Daily News, 21 June 2022 Instead, tenement scenes—from the inside looking out. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, The Atlantic, 21 June 2022 During a church lunch banquet, Chou attempted to lock the doors from the inside with chains and super glue and then opened fire at the elderly churchgoers, officials said. Taylor Romine, CNN, 17 June 2022 All along, she's been seeking revenge on Vader from the inside, kind of like a cross between Matt Damon's dirty cop character in The Departed and Zoë Kravitz's Catwoman in The Batman. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 15 June 2022 Police responded to an alarm at a business in the 1600 block of Waukegan Road June 7 and discovered an unknown individual broke a window and rear garage door window which were secured from the inside. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2022 Responders were able to quickly knock down the bulk of the flames from the inside, the release said. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 9 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The cute canvas tote bag includes convenient interior pockets for your wallet, phone, or keys, and a zipper ensures that all of your essentials will be secure inside. Claire Harmeyer,, 24 June 2022 Shortly before noon Tuesday, a box truck pulled up to the Union Street apartment and authorities unloaded what appeared to be a new refrigerator from the vehicle and took it inside. Globe Staff,, 15 June 2022 Not all victims were found dead when officers finally did go inside. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 Parents pleaded with officers outside the school waiting for tactical units to arrive to go inside and rescue their children, and some parents were pinned down and detained for allegedly interfering with the police investigation. Anna Kaplan, Forbes, 4 June 2022 The adults began telling the children to go inside. Elliot Hughes, Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2022 The adults began telling the children to go inside. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2022 The frenzied effort unfolded as parents gathered outside the school, urging officers to go inside. Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, 2 June 2022 One young couple held each other close - then kissed before the woman took her seat inside, leaving the man on the platform to watch her through the window. Anchorage Daily News, 30 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Witnesses said that loved ones and onlookers anxiously waiting outside Robb Elementary School on Tuesday as the gunman was inside shooting teachers and students urged police who were outside the school to go in and try to stop the shooter. Fox News, 26 May 2022 Mask again everywhere that is inside and a public place. Globe Staff,, 16 May 2022 Haggard faces stare blankly from inside minivans ferrying survivors from towns and villages bludgeoned by Russian armor. Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2022 Trevino drilled his solo home run on a 92.7 mph fastball, turning on the inside pitch and sending the ball 405 feet to left field. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 4 June 2022 In the past, crypto sell-offs have been curbed as either bargain-seeking investors poured in or, as one University of Texas research paper argued, inside players coordinated purchases to manipulate the market back to an appearance of health. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 Team DaSilva went into halftime with a 30-26 lead with their post player Nick Chandler scoring 13 points with a strong inside game. Emmett Hall, Sun Sentinel, 3 June 2022 Whether portraying the prickly etiquette that rules the hamlet’s narrow boardwalk or the price gouging at the one market in the area, the movie mostly succeeds at making a subculture’s inside jokes legible to a broader audience. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 3 June 2022 There are 16-megapixel selfie cameras on the outside and inside displays. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Temple official Gornam Singh told Reuters that 30 people were inside the temple at the time of the attack. Ehsan Popalzai And Irene Nasser, CNN, 18 June 2022 That is about when a boardroom rift developed inside the NRA over lavish expenditures by top officials and the group began fighting allegations of spending abuses and mismanagement in a case brought by New York’s attorney general. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, 18 June 2022 Meta Pixel was also installed inside patient portals for seven health systems. Mario Aguilar, STAT, 18 June 2022 Brenden Walsh slides home on an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning, which ended up as the deciding run for Austin Prep. Matt Doherty,, 18 June 2022 The Lions almost had a chance to score just before halftime when referee Rosendo Mendoza called a penalty for an apparent handball inside the box on Zeca. Mike Gramajo, Orlando Sentinel, 18 June 2022 The organization helps people with disabilities play sports in an inclusive environment, and what would normally have been a practice was moved inside the Cardinals' bubble with more of an atmosphere. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 18 June 2022 According to the Easton Police Department, one employee was inside the store at the time of the incident but was not injured in the crash. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 18 June 2022 During the Maidan protests, where riot police used batons and eventually bullets with deadly abandon, Ratushnyi and Reva had taken shelter together for one night inside the cathedral grounds, the friend recalled. John Leicester, ajc, 18 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inside


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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in·​side | \ in-ˈsīd How to pronounce inside (audio) , ˈin-ˌsīd \

Kids Definition of inside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : an inner side, surface, or space the inside of a box
2 : the inner parts of a person or animal usually used in pl.



Kids Definition of inside (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : on the inner side I cleaned my car inside and out.
2 : in or into the interior Go inside.



Kids Definition of inside (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : relating to or being on or near the inside an inside wall
2 : relating or known to a certain few people inside information



Kids Definition of inside (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : to or on the inside of They are inside the house.
2 : before the end of : within I'll finish inside an hour.

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