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

Meanwhile, Dan and Blair are working at W. Ah, the halcyon days of Condé Nast interns. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Past group photos of White House interns under President Donald Trump have drawn criticism for showing a group of overwhelmingly white young people. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Exclusive: here’s the photo of a very white summer intern class the White House didn’t release," 29 Aug. 2018 His pieces at the moment, are essentially American-made couture: beaded, embroidered or chain linked painstakingly by hand in his New York studio, just a man and a team of interns. New York Times, "New York Men’s Fashion Week: The Mixtape," 11 July 2018 Accompanying him were his cofounder and consigliere, Dustin Moskovitz, and a couple of interns. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days," 10 July 2018 He was soon introduced to Jake Kelfer, then a junior business administration major at USC and one of the more seasoned interns at the now-defunct agency. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "How a Summer Internship Spawned the Newest Venue for NBA Hopefuls," 21 May 2018 The success stories from Year One's class of interns serve as proof. Tara Massouleh, AL.com, "This homegrown nonprofit is teaching our city's youth through farming," 9 Apr. 2018 Images of interns who worked for the previous administration show a more diverse group. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "I Already Knew What the White House Intern Photo Showed Me," 6 Apr. 2018 In December 2013, a court official was discussing where a group of interns would be seated. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Explicit pictures, suggestive comments — San Diego court releases some information on sexual harassment complaints by workers," 27 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Photo: Peter Scharer, After four intense years of high school, the Lauders’ son spent a year working for a startup in Israel, interning on Capitol Hill and traveling around Africa and India before enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Welcome to College. Now Take a Year Off," 25 Dec. 2018 The costs of interning in DC for a summer can total up to $10,000, including an apartment, travel, professional clothing, metro cards, food, and course, credit. Audrey Henson, Vox, "Diversity on Capitol Hill starts with paying interns," 26 Dec. 2018 That could easily cut the number interned in U.S. facilities by half, and probably much more. Margo Schlanger, Washington Post, "You’ve heard the calls to #AbolishICE. Here’s what that could mean.," 9 July 2018 Abloh and West, both originally from Chicago, have been friends since the early 2000s and even interned at Fendi together in 2009. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Virgil Abloh and Kanye West Cried Together At The End of Abloh's First Louis Vuitton Men's Show," 21 June 2018 Born in Zalosci Poland, he was interned in the Zborow Ghetto and was the sole survivor of his family - Father Nathan Dubowy, Mother Pesha Dubowy (nee Apter), Sister Shaindel, Brothers Eli, Mendel, Jacob, Moishe. courant.com, "Joseph Schor," 5 Feb. 2018 Gutekunst interned in the Packers' scouting department in the summer of 1997. USA TODAY, "AP source: Packers promoting Gutekunst to be next GM," 7 Jan. 2018 The situation has invited comparisons to another dark period in American history: when the US Government interned hundreds of thousands of Japanese-descended Americans in camps, under the guise of national security. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Order 9066 is a deep dive into the internment of Japanese citizens during WWII," 29 July 2018 Korematsu missed the end of his Supreme Court case in 1944, having been interned along with other Japanese Americans from the coast. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "How the Supreme Court struck down a WWII-era travesty when it upheld Trump’s travel ban," 27 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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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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