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

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 At the time, the Missing in America Project had helped locate, identify and inter the ashes of more than 100 veterans nationwide. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 1 Oct. 2021 After the 1963 season, Giants coach Allie Sherman traded Huff to inter-division rival Washington. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2021 At the time, the Missing in America Project had helped locate, identify and inter the ashes of more than 100 veterans nationwide. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 1 Oct. 2021 At the time, the Missing in America Project had helped locate, identify and inter the ashes of more than 100 veterans nationwide. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 1 Oct. 2021 At the time, the Missing in America Project had helped locate, identify and inter the ashes of more than 100 veterans nationwide. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 1 Oct. 2021 At the time, the Missing in America Project had helped locate, identify and inter the ashes of more than 100 veterans nationwide. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 1 Oct. 2021 At the time, the Missing in America Project had helped locate, identify and inter the ashes of more than 100 veterans nationwide. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 28 Sep. 2021 The family plans to inter her in Montana next to Mackeon. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Aug. 2021

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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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More Definitions for inter

inter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of inter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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