situated within or farther within; interior: an inner door.
more intimate, private, or secret: the inner workings of the organization.
of or pertaining to the mind or spirit; mental; spiritual: the inner life.
not obvious; hidden or obscure: an inner meaning.

before 900; Middle English; Old English innera, comparative based on the adv. inne within, inside; see inmost, -er4

innerly, adverb, adjective
innerness, noun Unabridged
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inner (ˈɪnə)
1.  being or located further inside: an inner room
2.  happening or occurring inside: inner movement
3.  relating to the soul, mind, spirit, etc: inner feelings
4.  more profound or obscure; less apparent: the inner meaning
5.  exclusive or private: inner regions of the party
6.  chem (of a compound) having a cyclic structure formed or apparently formed by reaction of one functional group in a molecule with another group in the same molecule: an inner ester
7.  archery Also called: red
 a.  the red innermost ring on a target
 b.  a shot which hits this ring

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from O.E. inra, comp. of inne (adv.) "inside" (see in). Inner city, in ref. to poverty and crime, is attested from 1968.
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Example sentences
Non-whites were left with high-rise blocks and private rental units in the
  inner city, which at the time were less desirable.
Each of us has a rich inner mental life, one that seems inaccessible to
  everyone else.
The low inner hedges are sculpted from boxwood, while the perimeter hedge is
With tongs, set inner lid on top of jar rim, then the outer ring.
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