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

Synonyms & Antonyms for intern

Synonyms: Verb (2)

Antonyms: Verb (2)

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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 Though still written with Yglesias’s voice, the sections on immigration could have been drafted by a Cato Institute intern. Razib Khan, National Review, "One Billion Americans: A Contrarian Liberal Argues for Mass Immigration," 12 Sep. 2020 For Ramisha Maruf, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the perfect intern experience resulted in her favorite story about a seabird. Kathy Laskowski, sun-sentinel.com, "Award-winning South Florida Sun Sentinel looking for 2021 interns," 11 Sep. 2020 The tortoises also matter to the youngest survey participant, 19-year-old intern Ireland Hall, who just started her sophomore year at Dixie State University. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Biologists survey wildfire destruction on Utah tortoise habitat," 6 Sep. 2020 Oregon Wine History Archive or intern at the Oregon Wine Press. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Linfield University scholarship honors late wine journalist Lisa Shara Hall," 5 Sep. 2020 Veteran Associated Press reporter Linda Deutsch covered the 1963 March as a 19-year-old journalism intern at Monmouth College. Rachel Jones, National Geographic, "'A fractured and traumatized nation' marches on, 57 years later," 29 Aug. 2020 Four members of this summer intern class shared their departing thoughts. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Socially distant but emotionally present: Departing interns reflect on an unexpected Milwaukee summer," 26 Aug. 2020 Marshall’s tweet was soon deleted for the mistake, with the liberal pundit saying an intern on her staff posted it. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Liberal media pundit dismisses Nikki Haley’s speech on racism because she's a 'white woman'," 25 Aug. 2020 Whether it’s hiring an intern or turning over the database to cleveland.com to mine the 19-year-old technology, editors on This Week in the CLE, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast, believe Ohioans should know where the virus is spreading. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Cleveland City Council could use subpoenas to investigate whether nuclear bailout corruption aimed to destroy Cleveland Public Power: The Wake Up for Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020," 11 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The fellowship program gave him the opportunity to intern at the Tempe prosecutor's office, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, the Arizona Attorney General's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Who is running for Maricopa County attorney?," 7 July 2020 Maybe Ruby can intern on the set, like what’s-her-face Obama. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "White Noise," 1 June 2020 Hamby also received a $10,000 college scholarship from — and briefly interned for — ZGlobal Inc., an engineering firm that developed a close relationship with Abatti through several energy and water projects. Los Angeles Times, "As a dying Salton Sea spews harmful dust, Imperial Valley water wars heat up again," 23 Apr. 2020 She is almost done with her master’s in social work, and has interned as a counselor. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "With Tokyo Games postponed, here's how U.S. Olympians can get mental health help," 3 Apr. 2020 Lauren's credits also include choreographing for the Cleveland dance project and interning for battery dance company in New York City. cleveland, "First Master Class in dance at Avon High School for grades 7-12," 3 Feb. 2020 After interning for the company for three months, Villarroel moved to Spain. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner’s Assistant Spills The Tea On Why She Actually Quit," 16 Jan. 2020 After rising from Division II Salem to Auburn, then getting fired from two of his last three coaching jobs, Terry Bowden hopes his season interning at Clemson is the springboard back to the top job somewhere. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Clemson intern Terry Bowden reflects on Auburn, getting fired and hopes for future," 17 Jan. 2020 Through the Summer Community Initiative, Serenity Garrett, a 17-year-old senior at South Oak Cliff Collegiate Academy in southern Dallas, interned at Frito-Lay in the economic development department. Dallas News, "Southern Dallas students find inspiration from Frito-Lay executives and internships," 28 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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19 Sep 2020

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“Intern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intern. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for intern

intern

noun
How to pronounce intern (audio)

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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