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

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

While many animal clinics may not have the financial resources to employ a veterinary social worker, some clinics share the cost or hire interns from universities. Janice Neumann, Washington Post, "Need to make tough decisions about your pet? A veterinary social worker can help.," 16 Sep. 2019 Lions quarterback David Blough shows off three mind-blowing magic tricks, with help from Lions communications intern Liz Laux, Sept. 12, 2019. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Taylor Decker misses Detroit Lions practice with back injury," 13 Sep. 2019 An ambitious intern at matchmaking firm for millionaires has an extramarital affair with a charismatic client whose boldness and charm mask a dark side. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Union-Tribune readers started seeing some new staff bylines this month from five interns: Hafsa Fathima, Luke Garrett, Bella Ross, Katy Stegall and Celina Tebor. Adrian Vore, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meet the Union-Tribune’s interns; who and what are behind the readers’ rep post?," 13 Sep. 2019 Just five years removed from graduating from Alabama and finishing his run as a Crimson Tide recruiting intern, Lindsey had already built a reputation as one of the nation’s top young personnel guys. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Former Alabama intern now a personnel star at South Carolina," 12 Sep. 2019 The show delves into how detectives would approach such a case, and adds an intern, who is not mentioned in the ProPublica story, to Rasmussen’s team. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The True Story Behind the Netflix Series Unbelievable," 12 Sep. 2019 Due to the unexpected resignation of the person who taught visually impaired students, trustees approved hiring an intern eligible candidate through San Francisco State University. Ramona Sentinel, "Workers spend summer on school improvements," 4 Sep. 2019 A Boston University student and former intern at NBC 4 New York was shot to death by her mother on Wednesday, the news station reported. Fox News, "Recent NBC intern Erin Edwards killed by mom in murder-suicide," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Deep into the summer vacation before his last year of high school, Alex had been interning in the office of Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou while also completing a study on congressional legislators with a professor at New York University. New York Times, "Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?," 30 Aug. 2019 While studying at the prestigious HEC Paris business school, Simo spent a summer, at age 20, interning as a lobbyist for the fishing industry. Genevieve Field, Marie Claire, "Fidji Simo Is the New Face of Facebook," 16 Aug. 2019 The injustice took place between 1942, when the Japanese were first interned, and 1945, when the war ended. Rhoda E. Howard-hassmann, Quartz, "Why Japanese-Americans received reparations and African-Americans are still waiting," 19 July 2019 Over the years, Tap Pilam elders have re-interned human remains excavated at the missions and a downtown Catholic hospital developed atop the city’s first Catholic cemetery. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Alamo plan excluding lineal descendants to its own detriment," 18 July 2019 Prior to starting Cult Gaia, Larian Hekmat honed her craft at FIT and interned with Narciso Rodriguez and Jason Wu. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work: Jasmin Larian Hekmat, Founder and Creative Director of Cult Gaia," 15 July 2019 Many of those interned lost homes and businesses as well. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Japanese-American civil rights organization celebrates 90 year anniversary with star-studded gala," 15 Sep. 2019 She's interned for Marchesa, Vera Wang and Alexander Wang in New York. Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, "H&M Will Debut Its First Chinese Designer Capsule Collection This Fall," 23 July 2019 Some fought, others were interned, a few were imprisoned. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Stories We Tell, and Don’t Tell, About Asian-American Lives," 17 July 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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