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Within \With*in"\, adv.
In the inner part; inwardly; internally. "The wound festers within." --Carew. [1913 Webster] Ills from within thy reason must prevent. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
In the house; in doors; as, the master is within. [1913 Webster]
Within \With*in"\, prep. [OE. withinne, withinnen, AS. wi[eth]innan; wi[eth] with, against, toward + innan in, inwardly, within, from in in. See With, prep., In, prep.] [1913 Webster]
In the inner or interior part of; inside of; not without; as, within doors. [1913 Webster] O, unhappy youth! Come not within these doors; within this roof The enemy of all your graces lives. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Till this be cured by religion, it is as impossible for a man to be happy -- that is, pleased and contented within himself -- as it is for a sick man to be at ease. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]
In the limits or compass of; not further in length than; as, within five miles; not longer in time than; as, within an hour; not exceeding in quantity; as, expenses kept within one's income. "That he repair should again within a little while." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Within these five hours lived Lord Hastings, Untainted, unexamined, free, at liberty. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Hence, inside the limits, reach, or influence of; not going outside of; not beyond, overstepping, exceeding, or the like. [1913 Webster] Both he and she are still within my power. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Within himself The danger lies, yet lies within his power. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Were every action concluded within itself, and drew no consequence after it, we should, undoubtedly, never err in our choice of good. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

within adv : on the inside; "inside, the car is a mess" [syn: inside] [ant: outside]



  • RP & US: /wɪˈðɪn/, /wI"DIn/; Scot. /wɪˈθɪn/, /wI"TIn/
  • Hyphenation: with·in




  1. Indicates spatial enclosure or containment
  2. Indicates figurative inclusion within the scope of.


spatial enclosure
inclusion within scope of
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