Definition of within in English:

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Pronunciation: /wəˈT͟Hin/
Pronunciation: /wəˈTHin/


1Inside (something): the spread of fire within the building
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  • Despite the fact that the destitution still lingers in my mind, trips like these strengthen the morale within a squad.
  • As a result his goals dried up, his form and morale declined, and he was marginalised within the first team squad.
  • Each stripe indicates a chief's standing within their fire department, he said.
1.1Inside the range of (an area or boundary): a field located within the city
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  • Both cities have a shortage of better-off areas within their boundaries.
  • The main Olympic complex is at Homebush Bay, which is within the Sydney area but not within the city of Sydney itself.
  • There were just two small areas of land within the city's draft local plan that remained undeveloped, he said.
1.2Inside the range of (a specified action or perception): within reach
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  • If by any chance you get bored and fancy a change of scene, there's nowhere like the Park Bar within easy reach.
  • On the northern edge of Kilmarnock, the Kingley Park site is within easy reach of Glasgow.
  • The Slieve Bloom mountains and a number of forest parks are within easy reach.
1.3Not further off than (used with distances): Bob lives within a few miles of Honesdale
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  • Good to see a local hangout that's within staggering distance home if you're totally mangled.
  • Last year, I lived within walking distance of the carnival route, and I went in both days to soak up the atmosphere.
  • It'll be nice to think living within strolling distance of both a multiplex and an arthouse will perk up my film-going.
1.4Occurring inside (a particular period of time): sold out within two hours 33% were rearrested within two years of their release
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  • Scottish pupils are entitled to 500 hours of instruction within a six-year period.
  • Each person had to make as many sales as they could within a one hour period.
  • The first show on Thursday June 26 sold out within hours of tickets going on sale.
in less than, in under, in no more than, after only
1.5Inside the bounds set by (a concept, argument, etc.): full cooperation within the terms of the treaty
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  • It is too bound, conceptually, within our perspectives of the power of the United States.
  • Moreover, the term did not stay within the bounds set for it by the song collectors of the first revival.
  • Others will grant authority to the use of force if it falls within bounds of justice and reason.


1Inside; indoors: inquire within
1.1Internally or inwardly: beauty coming from within
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  • My blood boiled and burned like acid fire within me but I forced my will to ignore it.
  • Her skin glowed with an eerie light, as if she was lit with a dying fire from within.
  • Happiness comes from contentment within and no amount of money will change that.


within doors

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  • In all this only once at night, around 10 p.m. a patrol marched into the locality and disappeared after giving instructions to keep within doors and keep the lights off.
  • All dainty and showy apparel is forbidden by the state of the atmosphere, and equally so is delicate upholstery within doors.


Late Old English withinnan 'on the inside'.

Words that rhyme with within

agin, akin, begin, Berlin, bin, Boleyn, Bryn, chin, chin-chin, Corinne, din, fin, Finn, Flynn, gaijin, Glyn, grin, Gwyn, herein, Ho Chi Minh, in, inn, Jin, jinn, kin, Kweilin, linn, Lynn, mandolin, mandoline, Min, no-win, pin, Pinyin, quin, shin, sin, skin, spin, therein, thin, Tientsin, tin, Tonkin, Turin, twin, underpin, Vietminh, violin, wherein, whin, whipper-in, win, Wynne, yin

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Syllabification: with·in

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