with|in [ wıð`ın ] function word ***
Within can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun):
Can you complete the work within a month?
as an adverb (without a following noun):
As Helen approached the front door, she could hear a telephone ringing within.
1. ) inside a period of time
a ) before the end of a period of time:
We expect an announcement within the next 24 hours.
The military government has promised to hold free and fair elections within six months.
b ) during a particular period of time:
Within the past few weeks, 215 people have been arrested.
Within living memory these mountains were the home of the brown bear.
c ) used for saying how soon one thing happens after another:
We arrived within two minutes of each other.
Seventy percent of patients die within a year of becoming infected with the virus.
2. ) inside a place FORMAL inside an area, building, room, or space:
The ticket gives students unlimited free travel within the U.K.
As she neared the door, she heard voices within and hesitated.
There were four churches within the walls of the ancient city.
Within, the hotel is simple and friendly with a small lounge and a breakfast room.
3. ) included in a range included in the range of things that are possible, reasonable, or allowed:
The government was doing everything within its power to help the victims.
Private security firms must still operate within the limits of the law.
within reason (=not more than is reasonable): I am willing to pay whatever price you ask within reason.
4. ) inside a group or organization used when saying what happens in a group or organization:
Mr. Potter complained about the lack of leadership within the department.
from within: The power structure of the country was being threatened from within.
5. ) not more than a particular distance or amount
a ) not more than a particular distance away:
A shell exploded within 150 feet of the Allied headquarters.
within reach of something (=close enough to a place for you to go there easily): Hotel Belvedere is within easy reach of the town center.
within sight/earshot (=close enough for you to see or hear): At last our little boat came within sight of Alexandria Bay.
Hurry up! Dan yelled, as soon as Peter was within earshot.
b ) used for showing that a number is almost correct or accurate because the difference is not more than a particular amount:
thermometers capable of measuring temperature to within 2° F
6. ) inside yourself FORMAL used when referring to the qualities, feelings, or thoughts that are in someone's personality or mind:
I feel a lot more confident within myself.
from within: She has a kind of spiritual strength that comes from deep within.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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