inter

verb
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

inter-

prefix

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

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 What started as an election cycle with just a handful of senators at risk has ballooned into an expanding Senate map from Alaska to inter-mountain West to the Deep South as Republicans face tough challenges, while Democrats see few. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "McConnell works to salvage Senate majority with Supreme Court justice confirmation," 10 Oct. 2020 What started as an election cycle with just a handful of senators at risk has ballooned into an expanding Senate map from Alaska to inter-mountain West to the Deep South as Republicans face tough challenges, while Democrats see few. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "McConnell works to salvage Senate majority with Supreme Court justice confirmation," 10 Oct. 2020 What started as an election cycle with just a handful of senators at risk has ballooned into an expanding Senate map from Alaska to inter-mountain West to the Deep South as Republicans face tough challenges, while Democrats see few. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "McConnell works to salvage Senate majority with Supreme Court justice confirmation," 10 Oct. 2020 What started as an election cycle with just a handful of senators at risk has ballooned into an expanding Senate map from Alaska to inter-mountain West to the Deep South as Republicans face tough challenges, while Democrats see few. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, "McConnell tries to salvage Senate majority with court vote," 9 Oct. 2020 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

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First Known Use of inter

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inter

Verb

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

Prefix

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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The first known use of inter was in the 14th century

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“Inter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inter. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for inter

inter

verb
How to pronounce inter- (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to bury (a dead body)

inter-

prefix

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

: between : among : together
: involving two or more

inter

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

Kids Definition of inter

inter-

prefix

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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