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

Other Words from international


internationality \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌna-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce international (audio) \ noun
internationally \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈnash-​nə-​lē How to pronounce international (audio) , -​ˈna-​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Synonyms for international

Synonyms: Adjective

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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 With Western officials and leaders in Ukraine and Russia signaling the war could drag on for months, international sanctions against Moscow have increased each week, largely focused on oligarchs, banks and the energy industry. Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 Greece's civil aviation authority lifted COVID-19 rules for international and domestic flights, except for a mask mandate on flights and at airports. Harold Maass, The Week, 2 May 2022 In the meantime, Moscow is paying the price because of stiff international sanctions. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The meeting came at a moment of international and domestic tensions, as the war in Ukraine has contributed to inflation worldwide amid concerns about likely shortages of oil, natural gas and food. Arkansas Online, 30 Apr. 2022 The country’s central bank projected the national economy would shrink by 8 to 10 percent this year, as the country suffers from international sanctions that have disrupted trade and frozen billions of dollars in reserves. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2022 The international sanctions imposed on the Kremlin over the war are squeezing the country. David Keyton, Inna Varenytsia, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, the international sanctions imposed on Russia over the invasion are squeezing the country. Inna Varenytsia,, 29 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, the international sanctions imposed on Russia over the invasion are squeezing the country. David Keyton And Inna Varenytsia, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Portugal international was undeniably one of the most impactful players in this high stakes clash. Adam Digby, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The Spain international was becoming more effective as a central attacker for both club and country, and may be used in that role at times for Barcelona. James Nalton, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 So, only by planning that any hybrid edition of TIFF for 2022 will be heavily weighted to on-the-ground events can TIFF organizers feel confident an international who’s who of cinema will show up. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Apr. 2022 Only Robert Lewandowski, Andre Silva and Erling Haaland scored more than Weghorst’s 20 league goals in 2020/21, and the Netherlands international has managed at least 16 goals in each of his three full seasons at VfL Wolfsburg. Steve Price, Forbes, 1 Feb. 2022 The Czech international, who made his NHL debut this season with the Anaheim Ducks, kept his cool during a key stretch of the third period when the Gulls clung to a precarious 2-1 lead, making several clutch saves. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2022 He's played all 10 season with the franchise that drafted him in the third round out of Florida international, including his final three with Reggie Wayne. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Mar. 2022 Moreno, an active contributor to Venezuela's senior men's national team, said FC Cincinnati assistant coach Ricardo Paez, a former Venezuela international, also played a role in his decision to move to FCC. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 3 Mar. 2022 Two years later, the initial £19m spent to sign the Mali international has doubled as potential suitors from Europe have learned. Liam Canning, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“International.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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