international

adjective
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

international

noun

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

Adjective

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

Adjective

an international association of chemists She has achieved international fame.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Our Village™ is where international artisans, crafters, makers, and small shop owners converge to market their products. Country Living, "Our Village™—An Online Marketplace Making The World A Better Place," 1 Jan. 2019 The Russian Army needed a new sniper weapon, and a new weapon had the potential to become a hit on the international arms market. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Chukavin, Russia’s New Sniper Rifle," 6 Dec. 2018 But in the meantime, insist that the Trump administration stop challenging China by raising tariffs, which often violate international trade rules themselves. James Bacchus, WSJ, "Democrats, Free Trade Is Your Destiny," 3 Dec. 2018 Per a recent change to international sport rules, which reduced the size of national teams, just four women will make the cut. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Women's Gymnastics Team Won Its 4th Straight World Championship—Here's How to Watch the Final Events," 31 Oct. 2018 Daffey says one of the biggest challenges now is creating an international legal system to govern the deployment of autonomous ships. James Vincent, The Verge, "Rolls-Royce is partnering with Intel to make self-driving ships a reality," 15 Oct. 2018 President Xi Jinping, meanwhile, enters the new year after consolidating power and doesn’t seem to be in a mood to back down on the international stage. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 The 22-year old star hit the road this month to promoting her latest film, Bumblebee, and the international experience has been non-stop. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Inside Hailee Steinfeld’s International (and Fashion-Filled) Bumblebee Promo Tour," 22 Dec. 2018 The campaign included 57-year-old model Nicola Griffin, international activist Nykhor-Nyakueinyang Paul, and former Glamour editor Lauren Chan. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "The 10 Most Groundbreaking Beauty Campaigns of 2018," 22 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Croatia will be unable to replace the striker who has 15 goals in 41 internationals in accordance with FIFA regulations. SI.com, "'The Same Respect is Needed': Milan Badelj Backs Manager After Teammate Sent Home From World Cup," 20 June 2018 Despite 31 goals in 69 internationals, Higuain has not played for Argentina for nine months but is part of the squad due to face Italy in a World Cup warm-up friendly in Manchester on Friday. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Higuain reveals ill mother convinced him out of retirement," 21 Mar. 2018 The England international has made just nine starts for Spurs this season, losing his place to Welshman Ben Davies. SI.com, "Could've Done Better: Picking an Underperforming XI From the 2017/18 Premier League Season," 17 May 2018 The latter of the two Serbia internationals has been heavily linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico this summer, with Manchester Unitedand Real Madridreportedly going toe to toe for his signature this summer. SI.com, "'Straight Swap': Liverpool Fans Call on Club to Offer Marko Grujic in Exchange for Serie A Star," 13 June 2018 Brentford manager Dean Smith is also in the running to take the top job at Derby but the former England international is thought to be ahead of him in the running to replace Rowett, with the Rams looking for a sixth manager in the last five years. SI.com, "Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard Emerges as Shock Contender to Takeover at Derby County," 24 May 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "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. SI.com, "Austria 2-1 Germany: Spirited Second Half Performance From Hosts Stuns World Cup Holders in Friendly," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of international

Adjective

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1870, in the meaning defined above

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international

adjective

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

international

adjective
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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