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inner

Something that's described as inner is at the center or interior. You inner ear, for example, is the part of your ear that you can't see.

The inner pocket of your winter coat is the one closest to your body, and an inner courtyard is usually surrounded by at least one surrounding outer courtyard. Inner strength is the kind that comes from deep within your essential self, and an "inner circle" is a small privileged group of people with special access to information or influence. The "inner city" usually means the poorest section of a big city.

Definitions of inner
  1. adjective
    located inward
    “"Beethoven's manuscript looks like a bloody record of a tremendous inner battle"- Leonard Bernstein”
    synonyms: interior, internal
    inward
    relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts
  2. adjective
    located or occurring within or closer to a center
    “an inner room”
    Synonyms:
    central
    in or near a center or constituting a center; the inner area
    inmost, innermost
    situated or occurring farthest within
    inside
    away from the outer edge
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    Antonyms:
    outer
    being on the outside or further from a center
    out
    outer or outlying
    outermost, outmost
    situated at the farthest possible point from a center
    outside
    on or toward an outer edge
    satellite
    surrounding and dominated by a central authority or power
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  3. adjective
    inside or closer to the inside of the body
    “the inner ear”
    Synonyms:
    internal
    happening or arising or located within some limits or especially surface
  4. adjective
    innermost or essential
    “the inner logic of Cubism”
    synonyms: internal, intimate
    intrinsic, intrinsical
    belonging to a thing by its very nature
  5. adjective
    exclusive to a center; especially a center of influence
    inner regions of the organization”
    inner circles of government”
    Synonyms:
    exclusive
    excluding much or all; especially all but a particular group or minority
  6. adjective
    confined to an exclusive group
    “privy to inner knowledge”
    synonyms: inside, privileged
    exclusive
    excluding much or all; especially all but a particular group or minority
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