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

Fernandez, who also represents Tucson, was a 20-year-old intern for Giffords on the day of the 2011 shooting and held his hand over her gunshot wound to the head to stop the bleeding. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Arizona lawmaker hit for claiming state hasn’t had a ‘major mass shooting,’ neglecting Giffords massacre," 8 Aug. 2019 Just really getting a snapshot of the entire personnel side.’’ General manager Rick Spielman said former Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley might be a scouting intern later in camp. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph thankful being among seven getting a ‘vet day’," 2 Aug. 2019 Catie is a 2019 summer intern in the features department at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "‘The Bachelor Live on Stage’ comes to Kravis Center in 2020," 23 July 2019 According to Sotheby’s, a NASA intern named Gary George bought the recordings as part of a collection of 1,150 reels at a government surplus auction in 1976. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "How Moon-Landing Tapes Found in a $218 Batch Could Fetch $1 Million," 15 July 2019 Even Christian Prenzler, who wrote that Teslarati post, now works at Rivian as a marketing intern. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "EV startup Rivian has poached dozens from Ford, McLaren, Tesla, and Faraday Future," 2 July 2019 In 1976, the space agency unknowingly sold those tapes of original footage from the Apollo 11 lunar mission to a lucky intern who held onto them for decades. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "NASA sold moon landing footage to an intern for $218. Now, the tapes could sell for millions," 2 July 2019 Bills also show $13,800 to rent an apartment for a summer intern. oregonlive.com, "NRA money flowed to board members amid allegedly lavish spending by top officials and vendors," 10 June 2019 Bills also show $13,800 to rent an apartment for a summer intern. Anchorage Daily News, "NRA money flowed to board members amid allegedly lavish spending by officials, vendors," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Its Environmental Internship Program provides full pay and benefits for up to two months to an employee who is interning full-time with a non-profit environmental group of his or her choice. Diane Herbst, PEOPLE.com, "PEOPLE's 50 Companies That Care: See Our 2019 List of Employers Who Win by Giving Back," 24 July 2019 The Michigan native is interning at the Heritage Group and briefly visited Indianapolis last year for a wedding. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Indy employers are facing a deep talent shortage. Here’s one way they’re fighting it.," 23 July 2019 Silvia interned at Minnesota Public Radio, wrote in English and Spanish for the bilingual Chicago newspaper Extra News, and in 2015 won the two-year Hearst Journalism Fellowship. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "In the Rio Grande Valley, migrants keep coming," 19 July 2019 The group took particular notice of a statue of William Wilberforce, whose remains were interned in the Abbey in 1833. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Rewears an Alice & Olivia Dress for an Event at Westminster Abbey," 18 July 2019 As my colleague Nathan Matisse pointed out in his review of the first half of the season, Nancy and Jonathan are stuck in the weakest storyline, interning at the local paper. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Flay your mind: Stranger Things S3 just might be the show’s best season yet," 15 July 2019 However, interning in Washington D.C. could easily cost you an arm and a leg. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "The Black Girl 44 Scholarship Is Leveling The Internship Playing Field," 19 June 2019 It was built in the mid-nineteenth century—and his forebears moved in, in the wake of the Second World War, after the neighborhood’s Japanese residents had been forcibly removed and interned in concentration camps. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: The Disappointing Blandness of “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”," 5 June 2019 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

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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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