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with·​in wi-ˈt͟hin How to pronounce within (audio) -ˈthin How to pronounce within (audio)
: in or into the interior : inside
: in one's inner thought, disposition, or character : inwardly
search within for a creative impulseKingman Brewster †1988


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used as a function word to indicate enclosure or containment
used as a function word to indicate situation or circumstance in the limits or compass of: such as
: before the end of
gone within a week
: not beyond the quantity, degree, or limitations of
live within your income
: in or into the scope or sphere of
within the jurisdiction of the state
: in or into the range of
within reach
within sight
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
: to the inside of : into
sunk the sea within the earthWilliam Shakespeare


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: an inner place or area
revolt from within


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: being inside : enclosed
the within indictment

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 See More
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They can be considered from above, and sometimes below; from without, and sometimes within. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Baltimore has the personnel to promote from within and is an attractive destination for those on the outside, but continuity is often a hallmark of continued success in the NFL. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 Promoting from within would be the easiest option: Someone who can immediately understand the inner workings of the 100-year-old company with over 220,000 workers around the world. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2024 Floating freely within is a mass that, isolated from the rest of the Universe, should provide a stable platform to pick up any changes in the laser. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 25 Jan. 2024 The flight tracking service FlightAware reported about 2,900 cancellations Monday within, into or out of the United States. Carolyn Thompson, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2024 In other words, regime change, with a pro-Russian government in Kyiv not because Russian tanks installed it there but, rather, because modern Ukraine failed from within and could no longer resist Russia’s imperial dominion. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2024 Thanks to the persistently tight labor market, promoting from within has become essential to talent strategy. Amber Burton, Fortune, 21 July 2023 On the rooftop of a quiet building, a set of panels cools the rooms within and keeps the lights on, removing heat and generating electricity using the coldness of the sky. Sid Assawaworrarit, IEEE Spectrum, 25 Nov. 2023
Such a step in itself could start an essential policy debate within Israel and among the Palestinians, which could open up new possibilities. Marc Lynch, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Regarding their current companies, 73% of parents ranked childcare within their top five most important benefits and 52% ranked it within their top three benefits compared with health insurance, paid time off, retirement benefits, short/long term disability, vision and dental insurance. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 The book is broad in scope, within certain limits; Manhattan north of Chinatown is left unwitnessed. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 It s certified to carry passengers only within mainland China and flies with China Eastern Airlines. Chris Lau, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 Reaching that goal within a year would be a stretch, experts said. Amy Taxin, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2024 Monterrey International Airport — Monterrey, Mexico Perched at the foothills of Mexico’s Sierra Madre Oriental, Monterrey provides visitors with ample hiking opportunities, incredible restaurants, and two Centurion Lounges found within MTY. Jared Ranahan, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2024 Additionally, a test conducted within an hour of the shooting found gun residue on her hands. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024 Body fat percentage readings from the QardioBase X were within decimals of those from the Omron, while the Wyze Scale X was generally off by a percentage point or two for this metric. PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024
This revealed that the within-subjects standard deviation was on average nearly eight times higher than the corresponding between-subjects standard deviation. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 23 June 2018 Cream blush will give you that lit-from-within glow. Annie Blay, Allure, 23 Nov. 2022 Fake a glow-from-within look with Neutrogena’s cult-favorite Hydro Boost serum. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 22 Nov. 2022 With the Reboot season finale hitting Hulu this week, EW caught up with Levitan (who previously created Modern Family) for a bookend Q&A about shows-within-shows, his hopes for season 2, and how his real life is starting to blend with the sitcom. Christian Holub, EW.com, 25 Oct. 2022 Johnson is delicious in this scene, a perfect mix of bumbling and lit-from-within, but her performance crumbles like clay in the grasp of such a plodding script. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 16 July 2022 For the lit-from-within glow, the Beauty Light Wand in Peachgasm was applied and set with Cheek to Chic powder blush in Pillow Talk, the brand's signature shade. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 10 June 2022 Add a few swipes of this clean and buzzy highlighter from RMS Beauty to the high points of your face for an easy, glow-from-within look. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Apr. 2022 Backlit blush is also a way into the shimmer blush trend that feels a little more toned down, and with zero chances of looking overly glittery—just lit-from-within. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 18 Apr. 2022
Her beauty-from-within philosophy is bolstered by mindfulness, too. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2022 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 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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

Time Traveler
The first known use of within was before the 12th century

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“Within.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/within. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 adverb
with·​in wit͟h-ˈin How to pronounce within (audio) with- How to pronounce within (audio)
: in or into the interior : inside
: inside oneself : inwardly
look within for imaginative ideas


2 of 3 preposition
: in or into the inner part of
within the house
: not beyond the bounds or limits of
within sight


3 of 3 noun
: an inner place or area

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