intern

noun
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
variants: or less commonly interne

Definition of intern

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: an advanced student or graduate usually in a professional field (such as medicine or teaching) gaining supervised practical experience (as in a hospital or classroom)

intern

verb (1)
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
interned; interning; interns

Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to work as an intern

intern

verb (2)
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) , in-ˈtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
interned; interning; interns

Definition of intern (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

: to confine or impound especially during a war intern enemy aliens

intern

adjective
in·​tern | \ in-ˈtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) , ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
variants: or interne

Definition of intern (Entry 4 of 4)

archaic

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Other Words from intern

Noun

internship \ ˈin-​ˌtərn-​ˌship How to pronounce internship (audio) \ noun

Verb (2)

internee \ (ˌ)in-​ˌtər-​ˈnē How to pronounce internee (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for intern

Synonyms: Verb (2)

Antonyms: Verb (2)

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Examples of intern in a Sentence

Noun After medical school, he worked as an intern at the university hospital.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brasher’s interest in physical therapy stemmed from his time rehabbing an injury in high school while at Therapy South in Pell City and continued his real-world education as a technician and intern at Therapy South in Fultondale. Evan Dudley, al, "‘Working Man’: Luke Brasher making most of senior season," 2 Oct. 2020 Angela Roberts is a features and breaking news intern at The Baltimore Sun and a senior at the University of Maryland, majoring in journalism and criminology and criminal justice. Angela Roberts, baltimoresun.com, "Woman dies after being struck by a MARC train in Elkridge," 29 Sep. 2020 Francois, 46, of Orlando, was a policy advisor to former U.S. Senator Mel Martinez and an intern for U.S. Representative John Mica. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Congress District 10: Val Demings seeks third term, faces Vennia Francois," 25 Sep. 2020 Nick is an intern with the Rapids communications department and a student at the University of Colorado. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Marcelo Balboa on World Cup, Colorado soccer and the most famous missed kick in USMNT history," 2 May 2020 Gabrielle Puglisi is a Smithsonian intern and a graduate of Emerson College. Gabrielle Puglisi, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Rough-and-Tumble Sport of Roller Derby Is All About Community," 12 Mar. 2020 For spring 2021, David Moses, their onetime intern and current vintage dealer, was on the catwalk in a minidress. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“Imagine the Front Row and the Runway Merging”—How Eckhaus Latta Cast the Show of the Season in New York," 22 Sep. 2020 Miller also has worked as an intern with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, which supports youth leadership development, voting accessibility and social justice initiatives on college campuses. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona State softball player Olivia Miller pitching importance of voter registration," 21 Sep. 2020 Curry — who began as an intern at an Oregon NBC affiliate and worked her way up to Today‘s couch, earning a reputation for being earnest and empathetic — stayed remarkably mum after her co-hosting gig with Lauer ended. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Ann Curry Says Today Show Firing 'Still Hurts' 8 Years Later: 'I Know I Did Nothing Wrong'," 12 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The fellowship program gave him the opportunity to intern at the Tempe prosecutor's office, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, the Arizona Attorney General's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Who is running for Maricopa County attorney?," 7 July 2020 Maybe Ruby can intern on the set, like what’s-her-face Obama. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "White Noise," 1 June 2020 Hamby also received a $10,000 college scholarship from — and briefly interned for — ZGlobal Inc., an engineering firm that developed a close relationship with Abatti through several energy and water projects. Los Angeles Times, "As a dying Salton Sea spews harmful dust, Imperial Valley water wars heat up again," 23 Apr. 2020 She is almost done with her master’s in social work, and has interned as a counselor. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "With Tokyo Games postponed, here's how U.S. Olympians can get mental health help," 3 Apr. 2020 Lauren's credits also include choreographing for the Cleveland dance project and interning for battery dance company in New York City. cleveland, "First Master Class in dance at Avon High School for grades 7-12," 3 Feb. 2020 After interning for the company for three months, Villarroel moved to Spain. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner’s Assistant Spills The Tea On Why She Actually Quit," 16 Jan. 2020 After rising from Division II Salem to Auburn, then getting fired from two of his last three coaching jobs, Terry Bowden hopes his season interning at Clemson is the springboard back to the top job somewhere. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Clemson intern Terry Bowden reflects on Auburn, getting fired and hopes for future," 17 Jan. 2020 Through the Summer Community Initiative, Serenity Garrett, a 17-year-old senior at South Oak Cliff Collegiate Academy in southern Dallas, interned at Frito-Lay in the economic development department. Dallas News, "Southern Dallas students find inspiration from Frito-Lay executives and internships," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of intern

Noun

circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1866, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intern

Noun

French interne, from interne, adjective

Adjective

Middle French interne, from Latin internus

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The first known use of intern was circa 1560

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13 Oct 2020

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“Intern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intern. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for intern

intern

noun
How to pronounce intern (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of intern

US
: a student or recent graduate who works for a period of time at a job in order to get experience
: a person who works in a hospital in order to complete training as a doctor

intern

verb
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
interned; interning

Kids Definition of intern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to force to stay within a place (as a prison) especially during a war

Other Words from intern

internment \ in-​ˈtərn-​mənt \ noun

intern

noun
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \

Kids Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 2)

: a student or recent graduate in a special field of study (as medicine or teaching) who works for a period of time to gain practical experience

Other Words from intern

internship \ -​ˌship \ noun

intern

noun
in·​tern
variants: also interne \ ˈin-​ˌtərn How to pronounce interne (audio) \

Medical Definition of intern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a physician gaining supervised practical experience in a hospital after graduating from medical school

called also houseman

in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \

Medical Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act as an intern

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