in·ter·na·tion·al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈnash-nəl , -ˈna-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of international 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or affecting two or more nations international trade

2 : of, relating to, or constituting a group or association having members in two or more nations international movement

3 : active, known, or reaching beyond national boundaries an international reputation



Definition of international (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is international especially : an organization of international scope

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Other words from international


internationality \ˌin-tər-ˌna-shə-ˈna-lə-tē \ noun
internationally \ˌin-tər-ˈnash-nə-lē, -ˈna-shə-nᵊl-ē \ adverb

Synonyms for international

Synonyms: Adjective

foreign, multinational, transnational

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Examples of international in a Sentence


an international association of chemists She has achieved international fame.

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One of the key cogs in that Napoli team was center midfielder Jorginho, and the 26-year-old Italy international has followed Sarri to Stamford Bridge in a move announced about two hours after Sarri was officially hired. Steve Douglas,, "Chelsea replace Conte with former Napoli boss Sarri," 14 July 2018 All 13 were brought to safety over the course of a three-day rescue, organized by Thai navy SEALs and an international team of cave-diving experts. NBC News, "Boys rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital on Thursday," 14 July 2018 However, the German champions will not allow Martinez to leave if Napoli do make an offer for the Spanish international., "Napoli Reportedly Interested in Signing Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez Following Jorginho Departure," 13 July 2018 An international team of cave divers and Thai navy SEALs extracted the 12 boys and coach in a high-risk, three-day mission that concluded Tuesday. Johnson Lai And Jason Corben, Fox News, "Boys meant to stay 1 hour in cave, but outside, rains began," 13 July 2018 Tryouts will be held in October, and the team will field a mix of national and international players. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Hartford Athletic, New England Revolution Moving Towards Direct Affiliation," 13 July 2018 An international team of scientists reported Thursday that the likely solution arrived at just after 3:54 p.m. Central Time on Sept. 22, in a scene beyond anything special effects wizards in Hollywood could have imagined. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blazing a trail: UW professor's dream leads to breakthrough in identifying origin of cosmic rays," 12 July 2018 Dalcher praised the team of Thai and international divers. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier cave diving experts: 'Never heard of anything' like Thailand rescue," 12 July 2018 Ten days later, an international rescue team of cave experts and Thai military personnel manage to reach the boys and begin a process of evacuating them along a long and difficult six-hour route. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the U.S. Military Helped Support the Thai Cave Rescue," 11 July 2018

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Nine players including Portugal internationals at the World Cup Rui Patricio, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes and Gelson Martins have broken their deals with the club since the horrific attack. Afp,, "Sporting president de Carvalho to quit after fan vote," 24 June 2018 Salah's torrent of goals has prompted Liverpool fans to come up with a number of songs to honor the Egyptian international's feats this season. Henry Young & Becky Anderson, CNN, "Mohammad Salah: 'There's something very special about playing for Liverpool'," 12 Apr. 2018 In the second half, Austria looked the side that had won their last six internationals, with David Alaba going close, before the Bayern Munich left back had a hand in their stunning equaliser., "Austria 2-1 Germany: Spirited Second Half Performance From Hosts Stuns World Cup Holders in Friendly," 2 June 2018 Santos also ranks experienced internationals highly, assuming a particular national team isn’t already in decline because the players are getting old. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "Find out who the 2018 World Cup winner will be — today!," 22 May 2018 Meanwhile, a decision on Lukaku's availability will be made late on Saturday afternoon as the Red Devils continue to assess the Belgium internationals ability to start after sustaining an ankle injury last month., "Jose Mourinho Reinstates Star Man for FA Cup Final But Admits Striker Fitness Worries," 19 May 2018 Nigeria is not among the 60 countries states and territories that have banned its use against children though internationals organizations are calling for it to be outlawed. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Nigerian students tied to crucifixes and beaten for coming late to school," 18 May 2018 The latter also speculated that the club's coach Jorge Jesus could resign, if he is deprived of 19 first-team players, including internationals Rui Patricio and William Carvalho, for Sunday's match. Bruno Cravo,, "Sporting CP president, players involved in social media spat," 7 Apr. 2018 According to British media reports on Tuesday, Lallana is receiving treatment at the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town, which was selected by Liverpool's medical department to aid the England international's return to fitness. Afp,, "Lallana heads to South Africa for special treatment on hamstring injury," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of international


1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1870, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of international

: involving two or more countries : occurring between countries

: made up of people or groups from different countries

: active or known in many countries


in·ter·na·tion·al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈna-shə-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of international

1 : involving two or more nations : occurring between nations international trade

2 : active or known in many nations an international celebrity

Other words from international

internationally adverb The soccer game was televised internationally.

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