[ in-er ]
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  1. situated within or farther within; interior: an inner door.

  2. more intimate, private, or secret: the inner workings of the organization.

  1. of or relating to the mind or spirit; mental; spiritual: the inner life.

  2. not obvious; hidden or obscure: an inner meaning.

  3. noting or relating to an aspect of a person's mind or personality that has not been fully discovered, revealed, or expressed: a place where anyone can find their inner artist regardless of skill level.

Origin of inner

before 900; Middle English; Old English innera, comparative based on the adv. inne within, inside; see inmost, -er4

Other words from inner

  • in·ner·ly, adverb, adjective
  • in·ner·ness, noun

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How to use inner in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for inner


/ (ˈɪnə) /

  1. being or located further inside: an inner room

  2. happening or occurring inside: inner movement

  1. relating to the soul, mind, spirit, etc: inner feelings

  2. more profound or obscure; less apparent: the inner meaning

  3. exclusive or private: inner regions of the party

  4. chem (of a compound) having a cyclic structure formed or apparently formed by reaction of one functional group in a molecule with another group in the same molecule: an inner ester

  1. Also called: red archery

    • the red innermost ring on a target

    • a shot which hits this ring

Derived forms of inner

  • innerly, adverb
  • innerness, noun

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