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 intern (audio) \ noun

Verb (2)

internee \ (ˌ)in-​ˌtər-​ˈnē How to pronounce intern (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 McCarthy first got involved in politics at 22, as an unpaid intern in Thomas’s district office. Lissandra Villa, Time, "Kevin McCarthy’s Gamble on a “Big Tent” GOP," 23 Apr. 2021 My first job in politics was as a college intern in Vice President Mondale's office in 1980 during his last year in office. Amy Klobuchar, Star Tribune, "Sen. Amy Klobuchar: I learned two things from my first job with Walter Mondale," 22 Apr. 2021 Indeed, our former intern’s tweet would be a good subject for a symposium. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "‘Workers of the world,’ &c.," 23 Apr. 2021 Crate was a graphic design intern for Homes and Land Magazine, a realty magazine. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "An Eye for Art: Sykesville minister uses art as ‘a way to connect with my creator’," 23 Apr. 2021 Young women competed for the title of Miss Rotunda, an unofficial contest where lobbyists voted for the most attractive intern. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "‘Sexism is alive and well.’ Matt Gaetz’s scandal puts a new spotlight on Florida’s male-dominated capital culture," 16 Apr. 2021 Frank Kelleher, an intern at Daytona International Speedway nearly 20 years ago, is taking over as the track's new president and is eager to earn the respect of fans. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, "FC Barcelona, Hideki Matsuyama And Rick Welts: This Week’s Most Interesting Sports Business Stories," 15 Apr. 2021 Anne Nickoloff reports that the project, put together by Literary Cleveland intern Alexander Saint Franqui, features pieces from 14 local writers, looking at LGBTQ stories and perspectives in Greater Cleveland through a mix of poetry and essays. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "How Ohio could have responded to COVID – if it had collected the data: The Wake Up for Monday, April 12, 2021," 12 Apr. 2021 So did his daughter Liz, who once worked as a summer intern at Netegrity, her father’s company in Waltham. BostonGlobe.com, "A 9/11 victim’s name to live on at Stonehill College where a seed of peace will blossom in his memory," 11 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Another grad who had to scramble during 2020 was Alexa Levin, who planned to intern at online retail giant Wayfair Inc. before her position was pulled last spring. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Lots of Jobs Await the Class of 2021. So Does Plenty of Competition.," 1 May 2021 With admirable ambition, Pearson seeks to use the Eagles’ exploits as a compelling and accessible through-line for a deep inquiry into Franklin D. Roosevelt’s odious decision in Executive Order 9066 to intern 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. Washington Post, "At a shameful detention camp, an improbable football team," 5 Mar. 2021 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

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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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11 May 2021

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“Intern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intern. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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 intern (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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