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

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 The goal is for the intern to leave the internship more developed as a professional, not just more proficient in one specific skill. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 Atienza’s career began at Fig in the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica, as an intern under Garcia. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 10 Aug. 2022 Former Journal Sentinel intern Brittany Trang contributed to this report. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 8 Aug. 2022 Lenhart and an intern will develop a method to identify different kinds of plastic in the water and to measure their concentrations before and after the water is treated. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2022 Anabel Sosa, the Sacramento bureau intern, writing to you from the foggy East Bay. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Hannah Khalique-Brown stars as Saara, an intern destined to play a key role in the conflict, with veterans like Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance and Adrian Lester rounding out the cast. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, 2 Aug. 2022 Ava Darrin Ava Darrin is the ELLE print beauty intern for the summer of 2022. Ava Darrin, ELLE, 30 July 2022 This summer’s intern class could afford to be more choosy than prior years, say recruiters and campus career advisers. Lindsay Ellis, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The students intern under a master teacher during their senior year. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 9 Aug. 2022 The change came soon after Paul successfully negotiated a deal for high school prospect Darius Bazley to intern for New Balance rather than play college basketball for Syracuse University. Gabrielle Chung, Peoplemag, 6 Aug. 2022 Chicago native Imani Muse returned from her first year at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to intern at My Block, My Hood, My City and assist the teens with public speaking. Tatyana Turner, Chicago Tribune, 23 July 2022 Everyone should be able to intern at the White House - regardless of their financial status. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 2 June 2022 Upcoming Chinese designers moved their businesses back home, closely followed by a wave of fashion graduates from the likes of Parsons and Central Saint Martins, who would otherwise have stayed overseas to intern with international houses. Margaret Zhang, Vogue, 13 June 2022 Britt went on to intern for Senator Richard Shelby in 2004 as a student at the University of Alabama. al, 9 May 2022 Another path is to intern for a music supervisor or for a studio or label executive who works with supervisors. Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Johnson also held volunteer positions at the YMCA, including as a study abroad intern in London in 2008, and for various political efforts, according to his résumé. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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

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

intern

intransitive verb
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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