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intern Syllabification: in·tern

Definition of intern in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈinˌtərn/
1A student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or occupation in order to gain work experience.
Example sentences
  • Training for the student interns will be done during the week of May 13-17.
  • Student interns must place these turtles on the ground in front of the oncoming tornadoes, then get the hell out of the way.
  • We would never be able to make it without the number of student volunteers and interns.
trainee, apprentice, probationer, (summer) student, novice, beginner
1.1North American A recent medical graduate receiving supervised training in a hospital and acting as an assistant physician or surgeon. Compare with resident.
Example sentences
  • Together the studies included about 900 physicians, interns, residents, and medical students and more than 3700 patients.
  • The government is deploying recently qualified medical interns to hospitals in an attempt to break the strike action, which has affected more than 900 district and rural hospitals.
  • In addition a number of practicing pharmacists and physicians accepted the challenge of supervising the interns at their working places.


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1inˈtərn [with object] Confine (someone) as a prisoner, especially for political or military reasons.
Example sentences
  • With the rise of Mussolini and the outbreak of war, the ladies are interned as prisoners, and the boy risks his life to help them.
  • He was wounded four times and at the end of the war he was interned in a prisoner of war camp in France.
  • It is now estimated that 25,000-30,000 people were interned or jailed at some point during the conflict.
confine, detain, hold (captive), lock up, imprison, incarcerate, impound, jail
informal put away
2ˈinˌtərn [no object] North American Serve as an intern.
Example sentences
  • In the pilot, she is interning at a DA's office, on her way to law school, but the dreams of missing children and dead people impel her to use her ‘gift’, so she faxes police offices offering her help.
  • I requested permission from my California Army National Guard commander to drill in Washington DC during the summer of 2002, where I was interning after my first year of law school.
  • Before I graduated college I had worked on several campaigns and spent a summer interning in the NC State Legislature.
apprentice, train;
Law article


Early 16th century (as an adjective in the sense 'internal'): from French interne (adjective), interner (verb), from Latin internus 'inward, internal'. Current senses date from the 19th century.



Example sentences
  • For me, internment in an Australian detention centre would have been preferable to most other locations in the world.
  • Mass arrests, internment and the suspension of many civil liberties might well be the consequence of such an attack.
  • For no amount of ID cards, internment and arbitrary arrests is really going to make us safer from suicide bombers.


Example sentences
  • Of course, some will always argue that the entire idea of international internships is entirely cynical and of little benefit to the developing world.
  • Many career centers facilitate establishment of internships and preceptorships.
  • The best way to find an internship is to email program directors and ask.

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