intern

noun
in·​tern | \ˈin-ˌtərn \
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 \
interned; interning; interns

Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to work as an intern

intern

verb (2)
in·​tern | \ˈin-ˌtərn, in-ˈtərn \
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, ˈin-ˌtərn \
variants: or interne

Definition of intern (Entry 4 of 4)

archaic

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Other Words from intern

Noun

internship \ ˈin-​ˌtərn-​ˌship \ noun

Verb (2)

internee \ (ˌ)in-​ˌtər-​ˈnē \ noun
internment \ in-​ˈtərn-​mənt , ˈin-​ˌtərn-​ \ 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

ANNOUNCEMENTS High School Internship Program Applications are now being accepted for the Museum of Discovery and Science’s two-year program for high school interns to focus on coding and app development, etc. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Houshmandzadeh has worked with the team as a coaching intern as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "T.J. Houshmandzadeh: Bengals gave players used jockstraps, didn't have Gatorade," 12 July 2018 United began working on a data visualization initiative in 2015 with interns from the University of New Haven’s criminal justice program. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "From birthday wishes for passengers to tracking baggage handler injuries, airlines tap big data to try to improve operations," 12 July 2018 Just after graduating from medical school, Sabin received an appointment as a medical intern. Eliza Mcgraw, Smithsonian, "Florence Sabin Pioneered Her Way in Medical Science, Then Made Sure Other Women Could Do the Same," 6 July 2018 The six new flight directors are as follows: Allison Bolinger: an Ohio native, Bolinger started her career at NASA in 2001 as an intern. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "NASA names six new flight directors to take the helm of mission control," 12 July 2018 Katie Kausch said she was harassed online as an intern at MTV after writing a story about people who don’t believe the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 26 at an elementary school really happened. Washington Post, "Journalists struggle to keep online threats from escalating," 3 July 2018 Katie Kausch said she was harassed online as an intern at MTV after writing a story about people who don't believe the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 26 at an elementary school really happened. Tamara Lush, Fox News, "Handling online threats to journalists presents difficulties," 3 July 2018 Katie Kausch said she was harassed online as an intern at MTV after writing a story about people who don’t believe the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 26 at an elementary school really happened. Tamara Lush, The Seattle Times, "Handling online threats to journalists presents difficulties," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

However, with the help of Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Lovely Warren, who Jaisaan happened to be interning with, his speech was not only heard by the people in the school but the whole city, and now the whole nation. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Principal Stops School's 1st Black Valedictorian from Giving Speech, So Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Gives Him Platform," 5 July 2018 During the wide-reaching conversation, Feige recounted his entire career trajectory from USC film school to interning with Richard Donner to the first Iron Man movie and wrapping up the second Infinity War, which just recently began postproduction. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Marvel's Kevin Feige on Awards Season: "It Doesn’t Mean Everything"," 9 June 2018 He was previously employed as a police officer in Auburn and Exeter, and interned with the Roseville Police Department after graduating from Sacramento State. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "The East Area Rapist suspect was arrested. Here's what's coming Thursday and beyond | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Apr. 2018 The decision to intern the Japanese Americans was challenged in court by a man named Fred Korematsu. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Locking up Cubs legend Yosh Kawano also got Supreme Court OK," 27 June 2018 One nation under God weeded the land, interned a son who buried resentment in a garden. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "The Poems Of Aaron Caycedo-Kimura: Honoring Ones Parents," 13 June 2018 She has been deeply involved with the Armenian community and has spent the past two summers interning with nonprofit organizations in Armenia. Julia Preszler, BostonGlobe.com, "New scholarships honor Keverian’s legacy," 19 Apr. 2018 For anyone seeking advice on how to get a job at Google or a similar tech company, Luo suggested interning to learn more about the company and to allow the company to learn more about you. Erin Edgemon, AL.com, "Vestavia Hills native behind viral Google Arts & Culture selfie app," 11 Apr. 2018 Instead of interning at, say, a fashion magazine, Maya, a recent high school grad whose geneticist-mother has just died of cancer, spends the summer before college working in her mom’s former lab. Susan Kaplan Carlton, BostonGlobe.com, "Meredith Goldstein is growing love in a lab," 22 June 2018

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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

: 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 \
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 \

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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of intern (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act as an intern

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