in·​ter·​gov·​ern·​men·​tal ˌin-tər-ˌgə-vər(n)-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce intergovernmental (audio)
: existing or occurring between two or more governments or levels of government

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And member countries aren't alone, intergovernmental agencies and organizations who want use the account will also be able to. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2022 Outside Britain, the queen’s Commonwealth has been overshadowed by other intergovernmental organizations, such as the European Union, at the same time that anti-colonial sentiment has grown in former colonies. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Sep. 2022 Treasury committed to continue working within several key intergovernmental organizations, including the G7, G20, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Allyson Versprille,, 7 July 2022 Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General of the OECD, the intergovernmental organization that is trying to raise the global tax bar, is another. Bypeter Vanham, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2023 In a decision conservation groups called historic, an intergovernmental organization has taken a significant step toward regulating the trade of nearly 100 species of sharks and rays, most of which are imperiled from overfishing. Byerik Stokstad,, 21 Nov. 2022 In 1989, House went to Washington, D.C., to join the Bush administration, serving as director of intergovernmental affairs in the U.S. Department of Commerce and also working at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 28 Dec. 2022 Anushree Jumde of Conway, a district director for U.S. Congressman French Hill, was named assistant attorney general as well as director of the office of intergovernmental affairs. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 10 Dec. 2022 Michelle Arias Santabay will serve as Amore’s director of intergovernmental affairs. Globe Staff,, 28 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intergovernmental was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Intergovernmental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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in·​ter·​gov·​ern·​men·​tal -ˌgəv-ər(n)-ˈment-ᵊl How to pronounce intergovernmental (audio)
: existing or occurring between two or more governments or levels of government
intergovernmental meetings

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