Meaning of “inner” in the English Dictionary

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"inner" in British English

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inneradjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈɪn.ər/ us /ˈɪn.ɚ/

B2 inside or contained within something else:

Leading off the main hall is a series of small inner rooms.
humorous Few people ever managed to penetrate the director's inner sanctum (= very private room).

B2 Inner feelings or thoughts are ones that you do not show or tell other people:

Sarah seemed to have a profound sense of inner peace.

More examples

  • She's an actress whose inner life has remained mysterious, despite the many interviews she has given.
  • He can't cope with difficult situations on his own - he has no inner resources.
  • He seems to be driven by some kind of inner compulsion.
  • Yoga is said to restore one's inner equilibrium.
  • The biography is an attempt to uncover the inner man.

(Definition of “inner” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inner" in American English

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inneradjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈɪn·ər/

inside or contained within something else:

These islands lie between the bay’s outer and inner sections.
She met life’s challenges with courage and inner strength (= the strength of her character or spirit).
Simpson was part of the club’s inner circle (= the most powerful group).

(Definition of “inner” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)