in·​ter | \ in-ˈtər How to pronounce inter (audio) \
interred; interring

Definition of inter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to deposit (a dead body) in the earth or in a tomb



Definition of inter- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : between : among : in the midst intercrop interpenetrate interstellar
2 : reciprocal interrelation : reciprocally intermarry
3 : located between interstation
4 : carried on between international
5 : occurring between interborough : intervening interglacial
6 : shared by, involving, or derived from two or more interfaith
7 : between the limits of : within intertropical
8 : existing between intercommunal intercompany

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inter

Synonyms: Verb

bury, entomb, hearse, inhume, lay, put away, tomb

Antonyms: Verb

disinter, exhume, unearth

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Examples of inter in a Sentence


a burial site where people have been interred for over a thousand years the soldier was interred with great honors at Arlington National Cemetery

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Michael Jackson was seemingly everywhere Tuesday at an event marking the 10th anniversary of his death at the mausoleum in Glendale where he is interred. Lila Seidman,, "Michael Jackson faithful hold colorful memorial despite latest abuse claims," 25 June 2019 He was interred in a Roman-style burial, in a grave lined and covered with rocks and his feet pointing north. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "See the face of a man from the last gasps of the Roman Empire," 15 May 2019 Simone Veil, who became one of France’s most revered politicians, is getting the rare honor of being buried with her husband Antoine, who died in 2013, at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death. Washington Post, "France honors Holocaust survivor Simone Veil at the Pantheon," 2 July 2018 From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were interred in the Halawa Catholic Cemetery in Kapaau, Hawaii, and the Nu’uanu Cemetery in Honolulu. Julia Rentsch, The Denver Post, "Remains of Berthoud man killed at Pearl Harbor during World War II identified at last," 7 June 2019 Donald’s remains were repatriated to the U.S. and interred at the Golden Gate National Cemetery., "The brother I never knew, lost to my family on D-Day," 6 June 2019 The task force persisted in its view, however, and in October voted nineteen to one to recommend interring the remains at the Reese site. Siddhartha Mahanta, The New York Review of Books, "One Man’s Quest for a Memorial to Sugar Land’s Bitter History," 4 June 2019 Murphy was re-interred twice, and now lies 10 miles away at the Kentucky Horse Park, an educational farm dedicated to the state’s equestrian culture. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: In a neglected cemetery lie black jockeys who helped create the Kentucky Derby," 2 May 2019 More than 400,000 veterans are interred at Arlington, which is running out of room. Fox News, "Arlington Cemetery opens new section with Civil War burials," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of inter


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inter


Middle English enteren, from Anglo-French enterrer, from Vulgar Latin *interrare, from in- + Latin terra earth — more at terrace entry 1


Middle English inter-, enter-, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French inter-, entre-, from Latin inter-, from inter; akin to Old High German untar among, Greek enteron intestine, Old English in in

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English Language Learners Definition of inter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to bury (a dead body)



English Language Learners Definition of inter- (Entry 2 of 2)

: between : among : together
: involving two or more


in·​ter | \ in-ˈtər How to pronounce inter (audio) \
interred; interring

Kids Definition of inter



Kids Definition of inter-

1 : between : among : together intermingle
2 : mutual : mutually interrelation
3 : located, occurring, or carried on between international

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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