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 Congressman Elijah Cummings with a group of YouthWorks interns at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in July. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "‘Pain, passion, purpose’: In his death, Cummings’ legacy as a mentor echoes loudest," 18 Oct. 2019 It was filed on behalf of two female interns for Kruse who had complained of unwanted touching and comments, and on behalf of two employees. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "Legislature objects to subpoenas in sexual harassment case," 27 Aug. 2018 He’d already worked in the NFL, as an intern with the Browns, but that was in the public-relations department. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "A Dwight Clark call helped pave the way for Bo Pelini’s football career," 12 Sep. 2019 Dartmouth hired Callie Brownson as an assistant as the first full-time female coach in Division I football, and since, Brownson has become a full-time coaching intern with the Buffalo Bills. Lori Riley, courant.com, "First female high school football coach in Connecticut is blazing trails for women," 8 Sep. 2019 Overton began her career as an intern with ESPN and has worked as a track & field analyst and sideline reporter for Fox Sports Midwest and as a producer with WDRB-TV in Louisville. Robert General, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis sports anchor Larra Overton joins Colts as producer, on-air talent," 18 June 2019 Binette said the College of Business places interns with more than 500 business, government and nonprofit agencies annually. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF ends internship program with Orange County HR after secret video shot of student," 15 June 2018 While many animal clinics may not have the financial resources to employ a veterinary social worker, some clinics share the cost or hire interns from universities. Janice Neumann, Washington Post, "Need to make tough decisions about your pet? A veterinary social worker can help.," 16 Sep. 2019 Lions quarterback David Blough shows off three mind-blowing magic tricks, with help from Lions communications intern Liz Laux, Sept. 12, 2019. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Taylor Decker misses Detroit Lions practice with back injury," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In fact, while attending Parsons School of Design in 2010, the Chicago native ended up interning in the Teen Vogue fashion closet and later the art department. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "@Gryffindior Is the Instagram Account Dressing Your Favorite Harry Potter Characters in All Things Dior," 25 Oct. 2019 Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith interned in Cummings’ Baltimore office in 2013, the year the Ravens won the Super Bowl. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "‘Pain, passion, purpose’: In his death, Cummings’ legacy as a mentor echoes loudest," 18 Oct. 2019 Looking Forward This year, there are six students interning at Project Return. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Project Return takes Marquette students into different worlds, just blocks away," 16 Oct. 2019 In addition to Sarnicola and Pala, Select CEO Cameron Forni interned at the protein powder company and a Cura board member is a ViSalus director and financial backer. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "Controversial Portland marijuana firm hires president with his own baggage," 21 Sep. 2019 Jim Allsopp, a retired meteorologist for the weather service, remembers Seeley as a college student interning for weather service in 1991. Jessica Villagomez, chicagotribune.com, "Meteorologist Amy Seeley, who came from a long line of weather watchers, dies at 49," 18 Aug. 2019 Deep into the summer vacation before his last year of high school, Alex had been interning in the office of Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou while also completing a study on congressional legislators with a professor at New York University. New York Times, "Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?," 30 Aug. 2019 While studying at the prestigious HEC Paris business school, Simo spent a summer, at age 20, interning as a lobbyist for the fishing industry. Genevieve Field, Marie Claire, "Fidji Simo Is the New Face of Facebook," 16 Aug. 2019 The injustice took place between 1942, when the Japanese were first interned, and 1945, when the war ended. Rhoda E. Howard-hassmann, Quartz, "Why Japanese-Americans received reparations and African-Americans are still waiting," 19 July 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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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of intern was circa 1560

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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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