intern

noun
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
variants: or less commonly interne

Definition of intern

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: an advanced student or graduate usually in a professional field (such as medicine or teaching) gaining supervised practical experience (as in a hospital or classroom)

intern

verb (1)
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
interned; interning; interns

Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to work as an intern

intern

verb (2)
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) , in-ˈtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
interned; interning; interns

Definition of intern (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

: to confine or impound especially during a war intern enemy aliens

intern

adjective
in·​tern | \ in-ˈtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) , ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
variants: or interne

Definition of intern (Entry 4 of 4)

archaic

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Other Words from intern

Noun

internship \ ˈin-​ˌtərn-​ˌship How to pronounce internship (audio) \ noun

Verb (2)

internee \ (ˌ)in-​ˌtər-​ˈnē How to pronounce internee (audio) \ noun

Examples of intern in a Sentence

Noun

After medical school, he worked as an intern at the university hospital.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her previous experience included time as an intern in the 2012 Romney campaign and a job as a fitness instructor. Katie Rogers, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s personal assistant shared intimate details of first family," 30 Aug. 2019 Erin previously had spent part of her summer in New York City as an intern in the digital department of WNBC. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Atlanta Mayor Pays Tribute to Siblings Killed by Mom in Murder-Suicide After Returning From Italy," 23 Aug. 2019 Mejia joined Sony/ATV as an intern in 1997 and has been steadily scaling the ranks in the company, and was promoted to president, Latin America and U.S. Latin in 2016. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Jorge Mejia Promoted to President & CEO Latin America, U.S. Latin at Sony/ATV: Exclusive," 14 Aug. 2019 Hallman first worked for The News as an intern in the Washington bureau in 2011. Dallas News, "City government editor to leave Morning News for position at Dallas City Hall," 12 Aug. 2019 Herrera, 63, recently celebrated his 36th year in city government, a career that began as an intern in Waco. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "City managers of San Antonio suburban cities vary widely," 13 July 2019 Two years before Becky Hammon joined San Antonio’s staff, Nakase accepted a position as an intern with the Clippers’ video department in 2012, eventually becoming a video coordinator. Mia Berry, latimes.com, "Natalie Nakase continues to climb in the Clippers organization," 12 July 2019 After her return to Texas, Katie worked as an intern in the SBISD Community Relations office while taking classes at Lone Star College, prior to a transfer to Texas State University. Becky Wuerth, Houston Chronicle, "Collegiate Challenge Scholars add to resumes with internships in SBISD," 6 July 2019 He was hired as a deputy district attorney in December 2012 after serving as an intern in 2011. oregonlive.com, "Former prosecutor selected to lead Portland’s police oversight division," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Song interned with Kraft before earning a spot in the company's six-month rotational program, which led to a full-time job in January of 2019. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "How This Harvard Grad Found a Job in the Natural Cheese Business at Kraft Heinz," 5 Sep. 2019 Silvia interned at Minnesota Public Radio, wrote in English and Spanish for the bilingual Chicago newspaper Extra News, and in 2015 won the two-year Hearst Journalism Fellowship. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "'Remain in Mexico' expands to Eagle Pass," 4 Sep. 2019 Christopher Edwards, was a digital content manager for the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, while Erin Edwards attended Boston University and was interning at WNBC in New York, according to the news station. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Georgia Mother Kills Herself, 2 Adult Children," 23 Aug. 2019 His sister was a Boston University student and previously interned in the mayor’s Office of Communications, reports Atlanta TV station WSB. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Atlanta Mayor Pays Tribute to Siblings Killed by Mom in Murder-Suicide After Returning From Italy," 23 Aug. 2019 Among the clicks $not’s emo raps logged were those from Markow, who was interning at 300’s New York office while studying public relations at the University of Houston. Los Angeles Times, "With Billie Eilish and ‘Euphoria’ co-signs, rapper $not is a Gen Z star in making," 19 Aug. 2019 America has a rather limited willingness and ability to intervene in favor of human rights in Xinjiang (where China is interning hundreds of thousands of Muslims) and Hong Kong (where China is progressively undermining the rule of law). Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "It’s Time for Trump to Troll China," 16 Aug. 2019 China is suppressing and interning people from Muslim ethnicities, most notably Uighurs, on a vast scale in the Xinjiang autonomous region, which borders Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. The Economist, "But their new partnership makes China a lot more equal than Russia," 25 July 2019 Now a popular amusement complex, during the war, Canadians of Japanese descent were interned at the site. Los Angeles Times, "For Japanese Americans, ‘The Terror’ is personal," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of intern

Noun

circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1866, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intern

Noun

French interne, from interne, adjective

Adjective

Middle French interne, from Latin internus

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The first known use of intern was circa 1560

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intern

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intern

US
: a student or recent graduate who works for a period of time at a job in order to get experience
: a person who works in a hospital in order to complete training as a doctor

intern

verb
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \
interned; interning

Kids Definition of intern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to force to stay within a place (as a prison) especially during a war

Other Words from intern

internment \ in-​ˈtərn-​mənt \ noun

intern

noun
in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \

Kids Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 2)

: a student or recent graduate in a special field of study (as medicine or teaching) who works for a period of time to gain practical experience

Other Words from intern

internship \ -​ˌship \ noun

intern

noun
in·​tern
variants: also interne \ ˈin-​ˌtərn How to pronounce interne (audio) \

Medical Definition of intern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a physician gaining supervised practical experience in a hospital after graduating from medical school

called also houseman

in·​tern | \ ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio) \

Medical Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act as an intern

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