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
internment \ in-​ˈtərn-​mənt How to pronounce internment (audio) , ˈin-​ˌtərn-​ \ noun

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

She was hired as an intern for the venture capital firm in January 2017, and then became the company’s vice president for operations and communications. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Woman sues former Bay Area venture capital firm for sexual harassment," 1 July 2019 Over the summer, Velodyne is sponsoring up to 10 Bay Area students from Berkeley and Antioch as interns for gigs with that program, said PilotCity CEO Derick Lee. Levi Sumagaysay, The Mercury News, "‘Nanodegrees’ and other paths to jobs in the self-driving car industry," 21 June 2019 Recently, Cohn and his former intern, Jeechul Woo, used semidefinite programming bounds to discover new universal optima, including some arrangements that are much less symmetric than expected. Quanta Magazine, "A New Tool to Help Mathematicians Pack," 20 Dec. 2013 Meanwhile, Jin takes a job as a hotel intern, Jimin is a chef and dancer and Jungkook is Taekwondo student. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Will ‘BTS World’ video game be a hit when it launches June 26?," 25 June 2019 Audience 2: Your thoughts on how the White House intern tried to grab the microphone from Acosta and the ensuing legal- Your thoughts on that? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 2018 Smith, an intern at the nonprofit arts organization, got started on the 18th annual IMAF in August. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis high school student plans Harrison Center's annual festival," 13 June 2019 Previously: As Galt House gets a makeover, Rivue restaurant goes for local and fresh Reach intern Savannah Eadens at SEadens@gannett.com. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Galt House to replace iconic revolving RIVUE restaurant at top of hotel with new concept," 11 June 2019 Today in mixed blessings, raceAhead says good-bye to high school intern Aidan Taylor who did an outstanding job during his month on the race beat. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Life On The Race Beat: RaceAhead," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Although many of the Japanese-Americans interned during the war were born here, Carr didn’t make any such distinctions. Ian Silverii, The Denver Post, "Silverii: These detention centers should never have been allowed on U.S. soil," 28 June 2019 Consider asking administrators at your college to shadow or intern for them. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Small-College Strivers Landing Big Jobs," 17 June 2019 Adams was a business administration major who spent last summer interning for the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Georgia Tech announces death of DT Brandon Adams," 24 Mar. 2019 Along with having interned for a highly respected stylist and worked at an equally prestigious magazine, Jeremy is a celebrity portrait and fashion artist and counts stars including Prince (yes, the Prince) and supermodel Iman as fans. Ariana Marsh, Teen Vogue, "How iPad Artist Jeremy Martin Is Making Waves in the Fashion Industry," 26 Nov. 2018 After a post-college stint interning for artists in New York, and for a brief period in San Francisco, Phair returned to the wealthy Chicago suburb of Winnetka, to the childhood home where her parents still live. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Liz Phair, still living in 'Guyville' 25 years later," 27 Apr. 2018 During her time there, Kelsey also interned at Bill Blass, working and learning under Prabal Gurung and Peter Som. Teen Vogue, "Designer Kelsey Randall Has Launched a Line of Made-to-Order Baby Doll Dresses," 29 May 2019 After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Mizote and his family were interned along with thousands of other Japanese Americans, first at a camp in California and later in one in Colorado. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "From Pearl Harbor to “Black Hawk Down,” Army’s history awaits its museum," 6 Feb. 2018 Now, Maneesha is 23 and a photographer herself — she's even interned for Geddes. Elyse Roth, Redbook, "See What the Anne Geddes' Babies Look Like 20 Years Later," 24 May 2017

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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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intern

noun

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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