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 intern (audio) \ noun

Verb (2)

internee \ (ˌ)in-​ˌtər-​ˈnē How to pronounce intern (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 The scenario has Kim, Aidy and Bowen in a pop trio that's introduced to a Costco exec by an intern who has a big idea for the big-box retail store. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 10 Oct. 2021 Want to know how a bunch of seemingly sophisticated people fell for a company that every social media intern in America had questions about? Ben Smith, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 Rabbi Rory Katz, who had known Mr. Apelberg and his wife, Estelle, since starting at Chevrei Tzedek Congregation in Baltimore as an intern four years ago, said Mr. Apelberg enjoyed engaging people in conversation. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, 30 Sep. 2021 There is another intern-attending romance afoot at Seattle Grace. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 30 Sep. 2021 Getting the signatures is a time-consuming process, and one that would be impossible to do for tens of thousands of students with the program’s current staff of a full-time employee, an intern and a volunteer. jsonline.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Ryce Stoughtenborough is an engagement intern at The San Francisco Chronicle. Sfchronicle Pr, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Sep. 2021 This article is written with Angelo Boutalikakis—a research associate at the Center for Future Readiness at IMD, and Zuriati Balian—a data scintist research intern. Howard Yu, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 On January 17, 1998, Drudge Report featured an explosive headline: Newsweek had killed a story alleging President Clinton had had an affair with an intern. Adrienne Gaffney, Town & Country, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The pair connected over instant messenger when Jessica was coming to Nashville to intern at a record label. Diane Herbst, PEOPLE.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Hall said Salve’s education majors might be able to intern at Pennfield in the future because of this deal. BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2021 What aspiring comedian wouldn’t want to intern for Conan? Dan Reilly, Vulture, 24 June 2021 He was set to intern at the financial firm Millstein and Company when he was grabbed, and planned to move to Manhattan after graduation to work on Wall Street. Eric Shawn, Fox News, 19 June 2021 The program provides an opportunity for a group of young adults from South Palm Beach County from ages 19-27 to live and intern in Tel Aviv, Israel for eight weeks over the summer. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, 18 June 2021 Lakshmi, the herbalist of the first book, sends her protégé, Malik, to intern at the Jaipur palace, while taking his new love, a young widow, under her wing in Shimla. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2021 In Cleveland, the students will intern with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. cleveland, 4 June 2021 Petzing ended up at his future workplace in Cleveland in 2013 as an operations intern under head coach Rob Chudzinski. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 25 May 2021

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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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intern

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intern

: 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 intern (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

intern

intransitive verb
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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