in·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ ˌin-trə-ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio) , -(ˌ)trä-\

Definition of intramural

1a : being or occurring within the limits usually of a community, organization, or institution intramural squabbles
b : competed only within the student body intramural sports
2 : situated or occurring within the substance of the walls of an organ

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intramurally \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈmyu̇r-​ə-​lē How to pronounce intramurally (audio) , -​(ˌ)trä-​ \ adverb

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With its Latin prefix intra-, "within" (not to be confused with inter-, "between"), intramural means literally "within the walls". The word is usually used for sports played between teams made up only from students at one campus. Intramural athletics is often the most popular extracurricular activity at a college or university.

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The rest should go to support intramural sports and those teams, like croquet and curling, that will never make a dime. William L. Rukeyser, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Here’s how NCAA college sports could be deregulated," 4 Aug. 2019 The intramural conflict is threatening to overshadow President Donald Trump’s history of race-baiting and xenophobia. Steve Peoples, The Denver Post, "Dem infighting on race spills into 2020 presidential contest," 12 July 2019 Beyond providing the basic facilities for gym classes and intramural games, our universities shouldn’t have anything to do with organized sports. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "What We Do in the Shadows," 24 June 2019 That kind of intramural argument on the right has a history coterminous with that of the modern conservative movement. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "The Right Liberalism," 11 July 2019 Dupont was always interested in sports, becoming the undefeated Golden Gloves boxing champion in high school and playing intramural sports in college. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "Fiesta Bowl founder Don Dupont dies at 89," 4 July 2019 Brophy is now the associate director of intramural and club sports at UAH, said Ray Garner in the president’s office. Josh Bean |,, "Alabama-Huntsville elevates volleyball coach to interim athletic director," 18 June 2019 Many want to play at more than a club or intramural level. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Bribery scandal points to the athletic factor: A major force in college admissions," 13 June 2019 Such intramural studies received about $13 million last year. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Trump administration restricts fetal tissue research," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of intramural

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of intramural

US : existing or occurring within a particular group or organization (such as a school)


in·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ ˌin-trə-ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio) \

Kids Definition of intramural

: being or occurring within the limits of a school intramural sports


in·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ -ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio) \

Medical Definition of intramural

: situated or occurring within the substance of the walls of an organ intramural infarction failure of or delay in intramural myocardial conductionAmerican Journal of Cardiology

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intramurally \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce intramurally (audio) \ adverb

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