Learn English – Does “within an hour” mean before, after, or both


Does within mean before or after? Or does it mean both? For example,

Do not drink or eat within an hour of these pills.

Best Answer

Within is a single word. In the sense of your example, it means something like during, or before the end of:

do not drink or eat during the hour before or the hour after you take these pills.

Consider also:

I want to have been promoted within a year of joining the company.

I want to live within five miles of the office.

Within the boundary of my lands, I am king.

See definition on Merriam-Webster.

Edited to point out that it applies to the hour before as well as the hour after. The other answer is better.

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