[ with-in, with- ]
/ wɪðˈɪn, wɪθ- /




the inside of a place, space, or building.

Nearby words

  1. withershins,
  2. witherspoon,
  3. witherspoon, john,
  4. withhold,
  5. withholding tax,
  6. within an ace of,
  7. within bounds,
  8. within call,
  9. within reach,
  10. within reason

Origin of within

before 1000; Middle English withinne (preposition and adv.), Old English withinnan (adv.), equivalent to with with- + innan from within, equivalent to in in + -an suffix of motion from

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British Dictionary definitions for within


/ (wɪˈðɪn) /


in; inside; enclosed or encased by
before (a period of time) has elapsedwithin a week
not beyond the limits of; not differing by more than (a specified amount) fromlive within your means; within seconds of the world record


formal inside; internally
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Word Origin and History for within



Old English wiðinnan, literally "against the inside," see with + in.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with within


In addition to the idioms beginning with within

  • within an ace of
  • within bounds
  • within call
  • within reach
  • within reason

also see:

  • in (within) reason
  • spitting distance, within
  • wheels within wheels
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