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From Middle English withinne, withinnen, from Old English wiþinnan; equivalent to with +‎ in.




  1. In the inner part, spatially; physically inside.
    within her studio
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows,
      The Rat [] lightly stepped into a little boat which the Mole had not observed. It was painted blue outside and white within, and was just the size for two animals; and the Mole's whole heart went out to it at once [] .
  2. In the scope or range of.
    within his hearing;  her within five seconds of breaking the record;  within an inch of falling overboard
    • 2011, Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [1]
      England struck back with a fine try from Ben Foden and closed to within seven points with three minutes left when Mark Cueto capitalised on a break from replacement Matt Banahan.
  3. Before the specified duration ends.
    Leave here within three days.
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, 27:
      On October 6, 1927, Warner Bros. released The Jazz Singer, the first sound-synched feature film, prompting a technological shift of unprecedented speed and unstoppable force. Within two years, nearly every studio release was a talkie.
    • 2012 June 9, Owen Phillips, BBC Sport:
      And Netherlands, backed by a typically noisy and colourful travelling support, started the second period in blistering fashion and could have had four goals within 10 minutes


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within (not comparable)

  1. In or into the interior; inside.



within (not comparable)

  1. (law) In the context of which the present document or ruling is made.
    the within appeal
    • 2013, Court of Appeal for Ontario, Malka v. Vasiliadis:
      As part of the within appeal the appellants brought a fresh evidence motion. Although the court did not specifically address the motion in its oral reasons dismissing the appeal, that motion was rejected by the court for the following reasons.