intern

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noun

in·​tern ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio)
variants or less commonly interne
: 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)
internship noun

intern

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verb (1)

in·​tern ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio)
interned; interning; interns

intransitive verb

: to work as an intern

intern

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verb (2)

interned; interning; interns

transitive verb

: to confine or impound especially during a war
intern enemy aliens
internee noun

intern

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adjective

variants or interne
archaic

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
Deeds materialized at the Idaho Statesman as an intern in 1991 before taking on roles including sportswriter, features editor and music critic. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 15 Feb. 2024 Rogovin previously worked at both Brillstein and Wasserman earlier in her career — as an intern at Brillstein and in global media rights and business development at Wasserman. Joe Otterson, Variety, 15 Feb. 2024 Tran only expected advice — and maybe an encouraging nod — but wound up with an offer to stage for him, or train as a sort of unpaid intern. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 Duker got his start in the NFL as a coaching intern with the Cleveland Browns in 2015. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 10 Feb. 2024 Elon’s presence in Charlotte allows the law school to deepen its relationship with a legal community that welcomes students, interns and graduates, said Dean Zak Kramer in a news release. Chase Jordan, Charlotte Observer, 6 Feb. 2024 Camila Mendes plays Ana, an ambitious intern dreaming of a career in the art world while trying to impress her demanding boss Claire (Marisa Tomei). Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 4 Feb. 2024 While on the site, the interns spotted something strange and green on the ground. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 2 Feb. 2024 Jessie began her writing career in New York City as an editorial intern at NYLON Magazine. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024
Verb
The shooter had interned at the bank for several summers before becoming a full-time employee in 2021, police said. Faris Tanyos, CBS News, 11 Apr. 2023 The assailant had interned at the bank for three summers and been employed there full-time for close to two years, his LinkedIn profile showed. Mark Morales, CNN, 11 Apr. 2023 Girls are rounded up and interned as governments start banning the use of the gift. Joshua Alston, Variety, 30 Mar. 2023 One of them even interned there, Sifat bin Quadery. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Mar. 2023 Around 2011, Rodwell began interning for the Free Press Association, a journalism organization that leased office space from Dwango and used Niconico to stream press conferences. WIRED, 29 Mar. 2023 She's previously interned at the Lexington Herald-Leader, and worked for her undergrad student newspaper in several roles including editor-in-chief. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 21 Mar. 2023 Father Solcia will be interned at the Barnabite Cemetary in Lewiston, N.Y., on Saturday. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2023 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 Feb. 2023
Adjective
After the pandemic hit, remote work was discussed frequently in Glassdoor reviews by all types of workers, interns included, but intern sentiment about remote work was much more negative than that among other employees. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 19 Apr. 2022 The Germans opened a nursery to intern Jewish children in a building adjacent to the seminary while holding their parents across the street at the Hollandsche Schouwburg theater, which the Germans had converted into a prison. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, 9 Dec. 2020 Gavin also previously served as an intern and interim executive assistant in the Executive Office of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Gavin Smith, CNN, 2 Feb. 2023 Today, Disney non-intern workers earn at least $15 across the resort, according to the company. Katie Rice, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Oct. 2021 In an analysis of 17 companies, parity was claimed at the intern and executive levels, yet men earned between 2% and 7% more than women in the entry, mid-management and senior management levels that account for most jobs in those organizations. Kristi Lamar, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2021 There is a wonderful feeling of respect that starts with the CEO and trickles all the way down to the intern level. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2014 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

French interne, from interne, adjective

Adjective

Middle French interne, from Latin internus

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of intern was circa 1560

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Cite this Entry

“Intern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intern. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

intern

1 of 3 verb
: to confine especially during a war
interned enemy aliens

intern

2 of 3 noun
in·​tern
variants also interne
ˈin-ˌtərn
: an advanced student or graduate in a special field (as medicine or teaching) who is gaining supervised practical experience (as in a hospital or classroom)

intern

3 of 3 verb
in·​tern ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio)
: to work as an intern

Medical Definition

intern

1 of 2 noun
in·​tern
variants also interne
: a physician gaining supervised practical experience in a hospital after graduating from medical school

called also houseman

intern

2 of 2 intransitive verb
in·​tern ˈin-ˌtərn How to pronounce intern (audio)
: to act as an intern

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