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, 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Army asked where the family wanted his remains to be interred. David Owens,, "74 Years Later, Connecticut Airman Shot Down Over France In WW II To Get Proper Burial," 7 July 2018 With certain exceptions, most active-duty or retired members of military service are eligible to be interred at Arlington, the cemetery’s website says. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Arlington Cemetery to open new section with space-saving pre-dug graves," 4 June 2018 His ashes were interred at Washington, DC’s National Cathedral on Friday, as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop extended a tearful welcome to LGBTQ individuals who had felt unwanted by their churches. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "“Welcome home, Matt”: Bishop Robinson welcomes Matthew Shepard — and gay Christians — back to the church," 26 Oct. 2018 The team didn’t dig up the entire 185 acres, but the researchers extrapolated that more than 380 people may have been interred in boggy waters along the lakeshore some 2,000 years ago, based on the distribution of the remains that were excavated. National Geographic, "Thousands of Human Bones Reveal 'Barbarian' Battle Rituals," 21 May 2018 The dead could be buried at potter’s fields like Washington Square, but the city forbade any tombstones to mark those interred there. Washington Post, "Historic black burial site under playground to get memorial," 5 July 2018 As a result, the initial 17 AIDS burials, each with its own tiny concrete marker bearing a number, are perhaps the only individually marked graves among the estimated 1 million bodies interred on the island. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "Dead of AIDS and Forgotten in Potter’s Field," 3 July 2018 Stephen Hawking, the famed physicist from England who died on March 14 at age 76 after spending a lifetime studying the universe, will have his ashes interred near the scientific giants who came before him. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Stephen Hawking's Ashes Will Be Buried Near Graves of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton," 21 Mar. 2018 He was interred as an ‘‘Unknown’’ at the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neuville, Belgium, also devoted to the fallen of World War II, in the region that saw the bloody Battle of the Bulge. Mark D. Carlson And Virginia Mayo,, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 20 June 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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to enclose within walls

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