in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce international (audio) , -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 How to pronounce internationality (audio) \ noun
internationally \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈnash-​nə-​lē How to pronounce internationally (audio) , -​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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit news organization that produces national and international investigative journalism. Maia Anderson,, "Lebanon on list of cities to which Trump campaign owes money," 13 June 2019 Every year, Firestone Walker welcomes hundreds of national and international brewery founders and staffers for a weekend of water park fun, beer shares, wine tasting and communal dinners, all in addition to the Saturday festival itself. Alyssa Pereira,, "Chuck the wine. Paso Robles is a beer town now," 12 June 2019 The spread of the disease across the border is a major setback for local and international health officials who have failed to contain the Ebola outbreak in Congo’s Ituri and North Kivu provinces, the world’s first in an active conflict zone. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Ebola Case Surfaces in Uganda Despite Efforts to Contain Congo Outbreak," 11 June 2019 Proceeds benefit the Rotary’s local and international charities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas Senior of the Year selected," 10 June 2019 Pat was also involved in supporting her husband in many local and international Rotary events., "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/9," 9 June 2019 The case garnered national and international headlines that created a cult-like following of a mystery that has haunted Allyn for much of the past 20 years. Miles Blumhardt, The Denver Post, "Jaryd Atadero disappeared on hike near Fort Collins 20 years ago. His father has been looking for answers ever since.," 9 June 2019 Works by local, national and international artists flank Wisconsin Avenue for a nearly mile-long expanse that stretches as far east as the Milwaukee Art Museum campus. Lori Rackl,, "Bigger than ever, Sculpture Milwaukee unveils this summer's 20-plus pieces of public art," 7 June 2019 Because national and international media were in town for the Super Bowl, headlines about the riots spread around the world and created a public outcry, not unlike the one surrounding Peterson. Andrew Boryga,, "Former school cop Scot Peterson: He’s been called a coward, but is that a crime?," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When Ferguson retired in May 2013, the former England international hung up his boots for the second time after making 716 appearances for United. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Scholes the latest of United’s Class of 92 to enter coaching," 11 Feb. 2019 Giroud’s goal was his 35th in internationals, leaving him France’s outright third highest-scoring player ahead of David Trezeguet. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Ronaldo injured for Portugal; big wins for France, England," 25 Mar. 2019 The 40 women, some of whom are current and former internationals, are presently taking part in a 12-day trek of Jordan which will conclude with the a 90-minute, 11-a-side match at the hot and humid Dead Sea. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Female footballers to attempt record-breaking match for equality," 4 Apr. 2018 PSG’s defense must cope with speed, skill and power when facing internationals Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "PSG fans have cause to worry ahead of Manchester United game," 10 Feb. 2019 Croatia will be unable to replace the striker who has 15 goals in 41 internationals in accordance with FIFA regulations., "'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,, "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., "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., "'Straight Swap': Liverpool Fans Call on Club to Offer Marko Grujic in Exchange for Serie A Star," 13 June 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 How to pronounce international (audio) \

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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