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

The case was cracked thanks to an online DNA database, help from international police and a consultant whose work led to an arrest in the Golden State Killer case. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "After 20 years police in 2 states link dead mother and son," 6 Feb. 2019 Index compilers FTSE Russell and MSCI Inc. are set to include Saudi Arabia’s stock market—the biggest in the Arab world—in their emerging-market baskets, a move that will result in billions of dollars in investments from international... Rory Jones, WSJ, "Saudi Stocks Soar Ahead of Reclassification," 5 Feb. 2019 Getty Images One of her books is Laura Marshall's Friend Request, an international bestseller that sounds thrilling in the best way possible. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Who Is Felicity Blunt? The Literary Agent Is Related to Both Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci," 1 Feb. 2019 Air Defense Identification Zones are blocks of international airspace countries use to help defend their own territorial airspace. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "No, Russian Bombers Did Not Enter U.S. Airspace," 28 Jan. 2019 Tesla also announced plans for its first international Gigafactory, set to open in China sometime in 2020. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 According to Uber, its third-quarter revenue — which includes revenue from Uber Eats, its international business and payments from business accounts — increased a much higher 38 percent year over year to $2.95 billion. Rani Molla, Recode, "Lyft has eaten into Uber’s U.S. market share, new data suggests," 12 Dec. 2018 The Duke of Cambridge was joined by other world leaders at the international summit in Davos, Switzerland, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Discusses an Emotional Experience as an Air Ambulance Pilot That Relates to His Kids," 23 Jan. 2019 In a short period of time, the Harts’ story had piqued international interest. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 7: 'Stone-Cold Narcissist'," 22 Jan. 2019

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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