Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “within”

See all translations

within

preposition, adverb uk   /wɪˈðɪn/ us  
B1 inside or not further than an area or period of time: Two thirds of Californians live within 15 miles of the coast. In 1992 cross-border controls within the EU were dismantled. For orders within the UK, please enclose £2.50 for post and packing. The resort lies within easy reach of (= not far from) the ski slopes. We recommend that this wine should be consumed within six months. Within hours of the tragedy happening, an emergency rescue team had been assembled. The tickets should reach you within the week (= before the end of this week). He's very highly regarded within his profession. She managed to complete her last film well within budget. The target was now within range and so she took aim and fired. He could sense that his goal was within reach (= it could be reached). The cathedral spire was now within sight (= it could be seen). I was acting within the law (= legally). We came within five points of beating them (= we would have beaten them if we had had five more points).
More examples
(Definition of within from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of within?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “within” in other dictionaries

SMART Thesaurus: Describing when something happened or will happen

“within”: synonyms and related words:

You can also find related words, phrases, and synonyms in the topics:

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More