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Language: Old English
Origin: innera, from inne 'inside'

inner

adjective
     
in‧ner W2 [only before noun]
1 on the inside or close to the centre of something [≠ outer]:
an inner room
inner London
the inner ear
2RR inner thoughts or feelings are ones that you feel strongly but do not always show to other people:
Yoga gives me a sense of inner calm.
She'll need great inner strength to get over the tragedy.
She never shared her inner thoughts with anyone.
3 relating to things which happen or exist but are not easy to see:
the inner workings of the film industry
the fascinating inner life of a political party
4

inner circle

PPGSSO the few people in an organization, political party etc who control it or share power with its leader:
members of the President's inner circle
5

somebody's inner voice

thoughts or feelings inside your head which seem to warn or advise you:
My inner voice told me to be cautious.

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