in·​ter | \ in-ˈtər How to pronounce inter (audio) \
interred; interring

Definition of inter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to deposit (a dead body) in the earth or in a tomb



Definition of inter- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : between : among : in the midst intercrop interpenetrate interstellar
2 : reciprocal interrelation : reciprocally intermarry
3 : located between interstation
4 : carried on between international
5 : occurring between interborough : intervening interglacial
6 : shared by, involving, or derived from two or more interfaith
7 : between the limits of : within intertropical
8 : existing between intercommunal intercompany

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inter

Synonyms: Verb

bury, entomb, hearse, inhume, lay, put away, tomb

Antonyms: Verb

disinter, exhume, unearth

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Examples of inter in a Sentence


a burial site where people have been interred for over a thousand years the soldier was interred with great honors at Arlington National Cemetery

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The couple had married in the presence of only a few friends at a temple in Hyderabad run by the Arya Samaj, a Hindu reformist group known for its openness to inter-caste unions. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "A young Indian couple married for love. Then the bride’s father hired assassins.," 19 Aug. 2019 The new regime didn't take kindly to inter-species romance, and the lovers were forced to flee separately. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Tensions rise between humans, mythical creatures in new Carnival Row trailer," 6 Aug. 2019 Martin Ginsburg, the husband of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was buried in the cemetery in 2010, near where Stevens will be interred. Jessica Gresko, USA TODAY, "John Paul Stevens will be buried among several other Supreme Court justices in Arlington National Cemetery," 17 July 2019 The agency says the twins’ remains will be interred in Lincoln on Aug. 10., "Remains of Nebraska twins killed at Pearl Harbor identified," 27 June 2019 Although Napoleon was initially buried on St. Helena, his remains were returned to France in 1840 and interred at Les Invalides in Paris. Fox News, "Napoleon’s bronze death mask still shrouded in mystery more than 200 years later," 14 Aug. 2019 Jerry is interred at the Cook-Walden Memorial Park in Austin, and Doris will be joining him, finally returning home for all of eternity., "Doris Peltzman," 25 July 2019 The funerals of both Princess Grace (1982) and Prince Rainier (2005) were held there, and they both are interred in the cathedral. Peter Mikelbank,, "Princess Stéphanie of Monaco's Son Is Getting Married — and There's an American Twist," 25 July 2019 He will be interred with full law enforcement honors at West Lawn Memorial Park in Racine. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Funeral set for Racine Officer John Hetland as reward to find suspect nearly doubles," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of inter


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inter


Middle English enteren, from Anglo-French enterrer, from Vulgar Latin *interrare, from in- + Latin terra earth — more at terrace entry 1


Middle English inter-, enter-, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French inter-, entre-, from Latin inter-, from inter; akin to Old High German untar among, Greek enteron intestine, Old English in in

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English Language Learners Definition of inter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to bury (a dead body)



English Language Learners Definition of inter- (Entry 2 of 2)

: between : among : together
: involving two or more


in·​ter | \ in-ˈtər How to pronounce inter (audio) \
interred; interring

Kids Definition of inter



Kids Definition of inter-

1 : between : among : together intermingle
2 : mutual : mutually interrelation
3 : located, occurring, or carried on between international

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recurring in steady succession

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