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: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of inter in a Sentence

Verb 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 As of April 15, families who wish to view their loved ones being interred must watch from their cars. Robert Sherman | Fox News, Fox News, "Coronavirus pandemic prevents veterans from receiving military funeral honors," 23 May 2020 The New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will use these trucks to provide 15 days of storage, but if the family can’t claim the body in that time, remains will be temporarily interred at the city’s mass gravesite on Hart Island. Victor Llorente, Popular Mechanics, "Inside a New York City Funeral Home’s Mission to Keep Bodies Out of Mass Graves," 24 Apr. 2020 More than a thousand burials are conducted each year, and it’s estimated that a million people are interred across the island’s hundred-plus acres. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 13 Apr. 2020 The medical examiner's office also will take on the expense of interring the remains in the likely event Alice's family can't be found. Dallas News, "Medical examiner trying to identify skeleton displayed for decades at Dallas Heritage Village," 28 July 2019 Days later, he was interred at Florida National Cemetery. Robert Sherman | Fox News, Fox News, "Coronavirus pandemic prevents veterans from receiving military funeral honors," 23 May 2020 Most of the state's recent former governors are interred or have had their ashes scattered in the Phoenix area. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona has mourned past governors in many ways. Here's some of the history," 18 Apr. 2020 But today the dead, unembalmed and sometimes with the clothing in which they were found, are interred without ceremony. CBS News, "NYC island used to bury unclaimed coronavirus victims has long history of "stories that are not told"," 13 Apr. 2020 Some decades later, the body of the exiled rebel Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, recently returned from New York, was interred at Glasnevin Cemetery. Patrick Mulholland, National Review, "Easter Still Frames the Irish Response to Times of National Crisis," 13 Apr. 2020

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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


borrowed from Latin, prefixal use of inter "among, between," going back to Indo-European *h1en-ter- (whence also Old Irish eter, iter "between," Old Welsh ithr, Breton etre, entre, all from Celtic *enter; Sanskrit antár "within," Avestan aṇtarə); from a nominal derivative *h1enter-o- "part located inside," Old Norse iðr, innr, indr "entrails," iðrar (feminine plural) "bowels," Greek éntera (neuter plural) "intestines," Armenian ənderkʼ (plural), Sanskrit ántara- "located inside," Avestan antara-

Note: Indo-European *h1en-ter- is formed from the locational particle *h1en- "in" (see in entry 1) and the suffix of opposition and contrast -ter-. A zero-grade derivative *h1n̥-tér- is reflected in Old Saxon undar "between," Old High German untar, though in Germanic this etymon appears to have merged completely with outcomes of *(H)n̥-dher- "below, under" (see under entry 1).

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“Inter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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

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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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