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 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, "Detroit Lions QB David Blough to start vs. Chicago Bears," 27 Nov. 2019 Those included a former intern and a former senior development adviser for Linking the World, Michael Baker. NBC News, "How did Mina Chang get a State Department job in the first place?," 27 Nov. 2019 Each intern will receive one-on-one employment guidance from Ramsey County Workforce Solutions. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Ramsey County seeks interns 18-24 for rotations in four departments," 26 Nov. 2019 Their daughter, Fillerata Qirjazi, began in the dietary department in 2011, then became a marketing intern. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Producing healthy meals is all in the family at Altenheim: Strong Points," 21 Nov. 2019 Chamberlain Smith, an intern in the Georgia athletic department, was knocked unconscious Saturday after a sideline collision during the second quarter of the Georgia-Auburn game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Georgia student intern knocked out after collision identified, leaves field on stretcher," 16 Nov. 2019 Last summer, Juliana was a metro reporting intern for The Baltimore Sun. Katie Zavadski, ProPublica, "Meet ProPublica’s Latest Emerging Reporters," 31 Oct. 2019 The team had one BATS video system for charting games, located at the desk of then-intern Jed Hoyer. BostonGlobe.com, "Tara Sullivan: Alex Cora should be one of Chaim Bloom’s best assets," 30 Oct. 2019 Most recently in April 2018, interns of the company were also asked to make fake Sephora accounts and write reviews of Sunday Riley skincare products. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Skin care brand Sunday Riley wrote fake Sephora reviews for almost two years, FTC says," 22 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rylan Wilder, 15, was shot November 19 by a Des Plaines police officer who had chased a gunman suspected of robbing a bank and wounding a Chicago police officer into the Chicago music school where Wilder was interning. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Teen musician shot accidentally by officer: "Will I ever be able to play guitar again?"," 27 Nov. 2019 Alumna Khue Ngo, 22, recently graduated from Denison University, interned at Flashstarts, and hopes to land a full-time job here. Olivera Perkins, cleveland, "Young professionals like Cleveland area but leave; local groups aim to keep them," 27 Oct. 2019 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

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/internee?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=intern05. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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