in·ter | \in-ˈtər \
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, inhume, lay, put away

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The ashes were interred at what later became the Friendship Garden. Karoline Kan, New York Times, "A Chinese Town’s Deep Bonds With Japan Bring Wealth and Hatred," 15 May 2018 Preston led a gathering at Bagnell & Sons Funeral Home in Covington on Saturday (April 21) to inter the remains of 56 bodies that had gone unclaimed at the coroner's office since 2010. Bob Warren,, "'56 bodies, 56 stories -- all have a sad ending': Unclaimed bodies laid to rest in Covington," 21 Apr. 2018 It's believed to be where the queen has planned to be interred after a Westminster Abbey funeral. Nancy Nathan,, "At Windsor Castle, a look at Harry and Meghan's (relatively) low-key wedding site," 16 Apr. 2018 Hawking will be cremated at a later date and his ashes are to be interred at London’s Westminster Abbey near the remains of fellow scientist Isaac Newton. Gregory Katz, USA TODAY, "Stephen Hawking remembered by hundreds at Cambridge funeral," 31 Mar. 2018 Hawking will be cremated at a later date and his ashes are to be interred at London’s Westminster Abbey near the remains of fellow scientist Isaac Newton. Time, "Hundreds Line Streets for Funeral of Stephen Hawking," 31 Mar. 2018 George’s body will be cremated and his remains interred at South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/13," 13 July 2018 Several years ago, archaeologists found the bodies of a man and a woman interred in a Bronze Age burial mound near Russia’s Volga River. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Bacteria in Ancient Teeth Push Back Origins of the Bubonic Plague," 16 June 2018 The cemetery today is the final resting place of approximately 160,000 vets, interred in the ground and in the columbaria. Special To The Oregonian,, "Memorial Day 2018: Willamette National Cemetery events impacted by construction (map)," 25 May 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)

: 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 \
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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