intern

noun
in·​tern | \ˈin-ˌtərn \
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 \
interned; interning; interns

Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to work as an intern

intern

verb (2)
in·​tern | \ˈin-ˌtərn, in-ˈtərn \
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, ˈin-ˌtərn \
variants: or interne

Definition of intern (Entry 4 of 4)

archaic

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Other Words from intern

Noun

internship \ˈin-​ˌtərn-​ˌship \ noun

Verb (2)

internee \(ˌ)in-​ˌtər-​ˈnē \ noun
internment \in-​ˈtərn-​mənt, 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

Before her days on the silver screen, Olivia worked as an intern during college with FOX Sports. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "8 Facts That Prove 'America's Got Talent' Guest Judge Olivia Munn Has a Fascinating Life," 24 July 2018 Democratic State Representative Daniel Hernandez — who worked as an intern for Giffords during the 2011 shooting and has been credited with saving her life, according to AZ Central — sat next to Wilson during the event. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Arizona Republican Bobby Wilson Said Gabby Giffords "Created a Target"," 18 July 2018 The woman, Caitlin Marriott, was identified as an intern working for Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.). Washington Post, "Intern who yelled at Trump is suspended," 28 June 2018 Katie Ropers, a Marvin Ridge High senior bound for Stanford University, helped work on a robotic solution to paralysis as an intern. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Observer names All-Star Scholars for 2018 | Charlotte Observer," 24 May 2018 Mark Jurich worked as an intern and temporary employee for the next four years until the Louisville athletic department posted an opening for an assistant director of development on the NCAA’s job market site in July 2008. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Huge raises for Tom Jurich's son show how Louisville ignored its own rule," 8 Mar. 2018 The 36-year-old has the enviable role of winemaker at Harlan, Bond, and Promontory, having landed at Harlan 15 years earlier as an intern. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "Harlan Estate, Napa's Most Talked About Winery, Reveals Its Next Cult Red," 17 Jan. 2017 Video of the altercation shows only incidental contact between the intern and Mr. Acosta before the reporter gave up the microphone. Byron Tau, WSJ, "White House Restores Full Access for CNN’s Acosta," 19 Nov. 2018 The newspaper documented several allegations of inappropriate advances towards student interns and colleagues that prompted a 2017 investigation by the WSU Office of Equal Opportunity. Thomas Clouse, The Seattle Times, "WSU places former QB Jason Gesser on administrative leave after new sexual misconduct allegations," 17 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The situation has invited comparisons to another dark period in American history: when the US Government interned hundreds of thousands of Japanese-descended Americans in camps, under the guise of national security. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Order 9066 is a deep dive into the internment of Japanese citizens during WWII," 29 July 2018 Korematsu missed the end of his Supreme Court case in 1944, having been interned along with other Japanese Americans from the coast. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "How the Supreme Court struck down a WWII-era travesty when it upheld Trump’s travel ban," 27 June 2018 Since 2012, about 120,000 have been interned in camps in central Rakhine. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Myanmar and U.N. Agree to Aim for Repatriation of Rohingya," 31 May 2018 Her social media accounts doesn't seem overtly political, but the California native has interned for several teams within the Republican party and was a White House intern before being promoted to the role of press assistant. refinery29.com, "This Former Disney Star Just Joined The Trump Administration," 28 Mar. 2018 Before interning at The Seattle Times, Scott was a news assistant at National Public Radio’s Weekend All Things Considered. Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "With shortage of foster parents, Washington has almost tenfold increase in hotel stays for foster kids," 27 Nov. 2018 France wanted to occupy the German territories of Alsace and Lorraine as a security buffer; Britain wanted the German imperial fleet interned. Arthur Herman, WSJ, "The Danger of Rushing Into Peace," 11 Nov. 2018 Prince Harry skipped university altogether and went straight into military, but Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex studied theater and international relations at Northwestern, and interned at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Here's What Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Royal Education Will Entail," 26 Aug. 2018 From her beginnings interning at Miramax and starting an event-planning company to becoming an author and founding creative agency Chic Media, which was recently rebranded to The Hollis Co, Hollis has more than held her own in a visionary space. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "Chic Media founder Rachel Hollis: How I became a motivational powerhouse for women," 3 July 2018

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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

: 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 \
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 \

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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act as an intern

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