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

In the same trial, Kovacs and three others are also facing fraud charges stemming from the fictitious employment of interns in the EU parliament in 2012-2013. Pablo Gorondi, The Seattle Times, "Hungarian politician on trial for spying on EU for Russia," 10 July 2018 In the same trial, Kovacs and three others are also facing fraud charges stemming from the fictitious employment of interns in the EU parliament in 2012-2013. Washington Post, "Hungarian politician on trial for spying on EU for Russia," 10 July 2018 Ever since, the New Afrika Shrine has attracted hip Nigerians and expats, including a young Emmanuel Macron, who once worked as an intern in the French embassy in Abuja. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician," 5 July 2018 Mayor Warren invited Lovett, who works in her office as an intern, to deliver the speech at City Hall. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Principal refuses to allow first black valedictorian to give speech, so Rochester mayor intervenes," 4 July 2018 Salem worked last summer as an intern at People’s Power and Light, and introduced the project to Chretien. Sarah Shemkus, BostonGlobe.com, "Can a text message help cool energy use on hot days?," 3 July 2018 Glass joined the Heat's video staff as an intern in 2010. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Video coordinator Eric Glass to coach Heat summer roster," 8 June 2018 Will Cheung was hired as an engineer intern in the transportation division at WGI, Orlando. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "People on the move 04/25," 24 Apr. 2018 Ager first worked for the Free Press staff as an intern in 1975. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Former Freep columnist Susan Ager selected for Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame," 4 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead of interning at, say, a fashion magazine, Maya, a recent high school grad whose geneticist-mother has just died of cancer, spends the summer before college working in her mom’s former lab. Susan Kaplan Carlton, BostonGlobe.com, "Meredith Goldstein is growing love in a lab," 22 June 2018 The two interned at Fendi together, then Abloh became the creative director of Kanye’s creative agency, Donda, and later was the artistic director of the 2011 JAY-Z/Kanye West album Watch the Throne. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Returns to Paris for the First Time Since Robbery, Consoles a Crying Kanye West," 21 June 2018 Watkins, who graduated from Temple’s journalism program in 2014 and interned at the Daily News in the spring of 2013, was notified by a prosecutor in February that the Justice Department had seized years of her records, the Times reported. Staff Reports, Philly.com, "Justice Department seized phone, email records of New York Times reporter Ali Watkins, a Temple grad," 7 June 2018 The chemical engineering major has earned a GPA of 3.9, led original research into low-cost air pollution sensors and interned at the University of Texas and the University of California. Catherine Rentz, baltimoresun.com, "'Agents of change:' A year with the UMBC program shaping some of the nation's best and most diverse scientists," 18 May 2018 While Elias was orchestrating the money lending scheme, his children were shopping for the people still interned and bringing them food and supplies. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Founding family of Phoenix synagogue saved 1,500 people during the Holocaust," 12 Apr. 2018 They had each been granted a federal scholarship for low-income science scholars and spent a summer interning at the National Institutes of Health with 14 other students. Katie Worth, Scientific American, "When Scientists Are Mad about Each Other," 14 Feb. 2014 Harrison, who interns with the Connecticut Democratic Party, said. Maya Moore, Courant Community, "It's July 9 And These Hartford Students Are Back In School," 9 July 2018 In the audience were those who’d followed Abloh on this metaphorical Yellow Brick Road, including Kanye West, who interned with Abloh at Fendi back in 2009. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Hugging Is the Coolest Thing You Can Do Right Now," 21 June 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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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 \
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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