Definition of within in English:


Line breaks: with¦in
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


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  • 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'.

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