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Definition of intern in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈɪntəːn/
1A student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.
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.
person doing work experience
1.1North American A recent medical graduate receiving supervised training in a hospital and acting as an assistant physician or surgeon. Compare with house officer.
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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1ɪnˈtəːn [with object] Confine (someone) as a prisoner, especially for political or military reasons: the family were interned for the duration of the war as enemy aliens
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  • 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.
imprison, incarcerate, impound, jail, put in jail, put behind bars, detain, take into custody, hold in custody, hold captive, hold, lock up, keep under lock and key, confine;
British detain at Her Majesty's pleasure
informal put away, put inside, send down
British informal bang up
rare immure
2ˈɪntəːn [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.


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.



sense 1 of the verb.
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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