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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These men, aged 17 to 30, had been interred with great care, in their own graves. Fox News, "German ‘Stonehenge’ site reveals 10 dismembered bodies of women, children," 1 July 2018 Her cremains will be interred at Fairview Cemetery, in the family plot, immediately following., "Mary Williams DeSimone Curtis," 16 Jan. 2018 Her family interred her, at her own request, in the cheapest coffin available at the upper Manhattan funeral home where her body was taken. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019 Memorial services are scheduled at Washington’s National Cathedral and in Annapolis, Md., where he will be interred. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "John McCain’s Death Leaves Foreign-Policy Void," 26 Aug. 2018 The four-day sequence of events will come to an end on Thursday afternoon, when George H.W. Bush's remains will be interred. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "George H.W. Bush To Be Buried at His Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas," 4 Dec. 2018 Some of the people interred at Stonehenge may have died and been cremated in West Britain and then brought the 125 miles (200km) to Stonehenge for burial. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "People buried at Stonehenge may have come from as far away as Wales," 3 Aug. 2018 My grandfather submitted a DNA sample that confirmed the brother’s remains, still intact other than the fatal bullet entry wound in the skull, which were exhumed and ceremoniously interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Aquavit, and Why Are They Suddenly Making Scandinavian Booze in Colorado?," 24 Feb. 2019 However, after consulting with Robinson — a longtime family friend — the Shepards decided to request that Shepard’s ashes be interred in the National Cathedral. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "“Welcome home, Matt”: Bishop Robinson welcomes Matthew Shepard — and gay Christians — back to the church," 26 Oct. 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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