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
internment \ in-​ˈtərn-​mənt How to pronounce internment (audio) , 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

Booth, who started as an intern at McAlpine and is now a partner, wanted to be respectful of all that untamed lushness. Kathryn O'shea Evans, House Beautiful, "This Stunning Massachusetts Home is a Haven in the Trees," 3 May 2019 When Trump insulted Acosta at the press conference, a White House intern approached him and tried to physically remove a microphone from his hands. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The fake video era of US politics has arrived on Twitter," 9 Nov. 2018 Clinton initially denied having an affair with the then-White House intern before admitting to it in 1998. CBS News, "Town & Country apologizes after Monica Lewinsky says invite to event was rescinded," 10 May 2018 Pruitt’s daughter, then a White House summer intern, also stayed at the condo. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Despite denials, lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief," 22 Apr. 2018 Clinton’s lies under oath about the extent of his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern, eventually culminated in his impeachment. Matt Ford, New Republic, "Mueller Wants to Interview Trump. Hold the Popcorn.," 24 Jan. 2018 However, the Strategic Planning Unit in the Office for Disarmament Affairs confirmed by email that Schnaufer served as an unpaid intern from January 2015 to May 2015. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake County Commission candidate Tad Schnaufer pads work, academia background," 3 July 2018 Clinton, who was the leader of the free world at the time of the affair, chose to have an inappropriate relationship with an unpaid intern who was more than 25 years his junior. refinery29.com, "After His Comments On #MeToo, 2018 Should Be The Year We Cancel Bill Clinton," 5 June 2018 In January the Labor Department issued guidelines allowing businesses to hire unpaid interns based on seven criteria. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Three Cheers for Internships," 22 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now, Maneesha is 23 and a photographer herself — she's even interned for Geddes. Elyse Roth, Redbook, "See What the Anne Geddes' Babies Look Like 20 Years Later," 24 May 2017 After studying fashion design at Donghua University in her hometown, Ling interned at ELLE China and worked as a fashion editor at InStyle China, before moving to New York in 2010 to study fashion marketing at Parsons. Vogue, "A New York to Shanghai Designer’s Guide to Lounging Around the World," 15 Apr. 2019 The paper whipped up the hysteria to push the federal government to intern Japanese Americans during World War II. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years," 17 June 2018 Allison Rushing, another Trump nominee who has yet to be confirmed, had also spent a summer interning with ADF. Li Zhou, Vox, "Trump has gotten 66 judges confirmed this year. In his second year, Obama had gotten 49.," 27 Dec. 2018 Tatsuo, who at first counsels the family not to make waves, balks when, in 1943, all interned Japanese Americans are required to complete a questionnaire assessing their loyalty. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "George Takei & Co. pledge an 'Allegiance' to teaching WWII history," 1 Mar. 2018 Claire Dauge-Roth, a Stanford student who also interned at Planned Parenthood this past summer, curated the imagery. Brittany Natale, Teen Vogue, "Here’s Your Guide for Voting in the Midterms, for Teens and by Teens," 29 Oct. 2018 Pack hero: Malia Obama, who deferred her Harvard entry to take a three-month educational trip through Bolivia and Peru between interning gigs in film production and at Spain’s U.S. Embassy. Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 2018 China has denied operating the system of camps, despite extensive documentation from those interned and relatives, and other evidence such as satellite photos and government documents. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "US lawmakers urge export restrictions targeting Xinjiang," 12 Sep. 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

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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