Definition of within in English:

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Pronunciation: /wɪðˈɪn/


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.
inside, in, within the bounds/confines of, enclosed by, surrounded by
1.1Inside the range of (an area or boundary): property located within the green belt
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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.
inside, inside the range/limits of, within the bounds of
1.2Inside the range of (a specified action or perception): we were within sight of the finish
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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.
1.3Inside 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.
2Not further off than (used with distances): he lives within a few miles of Oxford
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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.
3Occurring inside (a particular period of time): tickets were sold out within two hours 33 per cent offended again within two years of being released
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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


1Inside; indoors: enquire 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.


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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