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 Ambassador of Golf Award honors a person who has fostered the ideals of the game on an international level and whose concern for others extends beyond the golf course. Branson Wright,, "Bridgestone Senior Players 2019: Groups, tee times, TV schedule set as Langer, Couples relish return to Firestone," 11 July 2019 Most of the league's international players have already returned to continue their seasons with their respective NWSL teams, while the 23 American players are expected back within the next two weeks. Roman Stubbs,, "US women’s pro soccer league hopes World Cup excitement will lead to a breakthrough," 10 July 2019 The subsequent reframing of human rights could change the work of international bodies—and the lives of millions of vulnerable people—for a long time to come. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Mike Pompeo’s Faith-Based Attempt to Narrowly Redefine Human Rights," 10 July 2019 Most Ghanaians are of the view that the country should divorce itself from the international body. Priscilla Twumasi-baffour, Quartz Africa, "Many Ghanaians think their country should divorce the IMF—that isn’t likely to happen," 8 July 2019 As things continue to grow and as more top European clubs invest in women's teams, how will that change the equation for the top U.S. and international players? Grant Wahl,, "The Intricacies and Ever-Changing Landscape of the Global Market for Women's Players," 6 July 2019 But without the resources of an international body like the IDA, this falls on local governments—which aren't always well prepared to convince everyone in their area to buy in to a new lighting system and infrastructure. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Rise of Astrotourism Could Potentially Be Its Downfall," 3 July 2019 The international governing body now requires water breaks during games when the wet-bulb globe temperature, which takes into account time of day, temperature and humidity, reaches 89.6 F (32 degrees Celsius). Scientific American, "As the World Heats Up, Soccer Must Adapt," 2 July 2019 There are myriad self-interested advocacy groups, international bodies, and politicians, unfortunately, who read from the same script. Fortune, "The Bahrain Conference: What the Experts and the Media Missed," 30 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gauvin did not have to wait long to put her side ahead, converting a low ball from Kadidiatou Diani in the 53rd minute, her seventh goal in nine internationals. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Women's World Cup: Cameroon protests and tears as England reaches last eight," 23 June 2019 United have been competing for Maguire's signature with local rivals Manchester City, but Woodward's desperation to sign the England international has propelled them to frontrunners., "Ed Woodward Ready to Meet £80m Asking Price to Complete Man Utd's Second Summer Signing," 17 June 2019 The Renegades’ roster included several internationals, including US starting central defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who played for the team in 2005. Frank Dell’apa,, "France stands in the way of US reaching World Cup semifinals," 26 June 2019 Despite the one time England international's limited game time at the Emirates, Lennon is said to be an admirer which could prove vital in getting the transfer completed., "Arsenal Eager to Include West Brom Target Carl Jenkinson in Kieran Tierney Deal," 21 June 2019 Manchester City’s director of women’s soccer Gavin Makel said that within a year, his squad of internationals had become quicker, stronger, and ran harder deep into games. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Threat to U.S. Women’s Soccer Dominance: European Superclubs," 13 June 2019 These aggressive tactics have also been adopted in one-day internationals (ODIs), the format used in the World Cup, which gives each side one innings of 300 balls. The Economist, "Cricket’s increasing sizzle owes much to India," 14 June 2019 Sinclair has netted 181 internationals goals in her career, which ranks second all-time behind only Abby Wambach’s 184 goals. Jamie Goldberg,, "Goal scoring record secondary as Christine Sinclair focuses on leading Canada to World Cup success," 4 June 2019 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

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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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