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

The current mayor, London Breed, was once an intern in Mr. Brown’s administration. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Kamala Harris Was Ready to Brawl From the Beginning," 15 Sep. 2019 At the time, Thompson was an unpaid intern for a hip-hop blog run by the marketing strategist Karen Civil. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Superfans: A Love Story," 9 Sep. 2019 Chaska native Brian Eayrs, a Seahawks research analyst, was an intern with the Vikings. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Twins hit the jackpot with Luis Arraez," 17 Aug. 2019 Omar Abdel-Baqui is an intern with NBC News Investigations. NBC News, "ICE deports man awaiting hip replacement surgery to Mauritania," 11 Aug. 2019 Many were interns at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency that overseas the marine sanctuary program. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Jagged remains of more than 100 ghostly ships rest forever in Mallows Bay," 7 Aug. 2019 Jordan Hammon is an intern at the Ronald McDonald House Houston this summer. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "ExxonMobil partners with Houston area nonprofits, provides internships for students," 8 July 2019 Chris picks him up, takes him to a remote location, and sticks a gun in his face, only then realizing that Jaden is actually an intern just a week on the job. David Sims, The Atlantic, "“Smithereens” Is the Only Flop of the New Black Mirror Season," 5 June 2019 Lewter is an intern with UHMP, which O'Donnell co-founded. USA TODAY, "Fatherlessness is harder on Father's Day, but 'father figures,' other role models fill in," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many of those interned lost homes and businesses as well. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Japanese-American civil rights organization celebrates 90 year anniversary with star-studded gala," 15 Sep. 2019 She's interned for Marchesa, Vera Wang and Alexander Wang in New York. Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, "H&M Will Debut Its First Chinese Designer Capsule Collection This Fall," 23 July 2019 Some fought, others were interned, a few were imprisoned. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Stories We Tell, and Don’t Tell, About Asian-American Lives," 17 July 2019 Some ethnic Kazakhs have also been interned in the camps. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "A Spy Case Exposes China’s Power Play in Central Asia," 10 July 2019 Song interned with Kraft before earning a spot in the company's six-month rotational program, which led to a full-time job in January of 2019. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "How This Harvard Grad Found a Job in the Natural Cheese Business at Kraft Heinz," 5 Sep. 2019 Silvia interned at Minnesota Public Radio, wrote in English and Spanish for the bilingual Chicago newspaper Extra News, and in 2015 won the two-year Hearst Journalism Fellowship. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "'Remain in Mexico' expands to Eagle Pass," 4 Sep. 2019 Christopher Edwards, was a digital content manager for the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, while Erin Edwards attended Boston University and was interning at WNBC in New York, according to the news station. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Georgia Mother Kills Herself, 2 Adult Children," 23 Aug. 2019 His sister was a Boston University student and previously interned in the mayor’s Office of Communications, reports Atlanta TV station WSB. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Atlanta Mayor Pays Tribute to Siblings Killed by Mom in Murder-Suicide After Returning From Italy," 23 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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intern

noun

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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