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[in-tur]
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verb (used with object), in·terred, in·ter·ring.
  1. to place (a dead body) in a grave or tomb; bury.
  2. Obsolete. to put into the earth.

Origin of inter

1275–1325; Middle English enteren < Middle French enterrer, probably < Vulgar Latin *interrāre, derivative of terra earth; see in-2
Related formsre·in·ter, verb (used with object), re·in·terred, re·in·ter·ring.un·in·terred, adjective
Can be confusedenter inter

inter-

  1. a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “between,” “among,” “in the midst of,” “mutually,” “reciprocally,” “together,” “during” (intercept; interest); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (intercom; interdepartmental).

Origin of inter-

Middle English < Latin (in some words replacing Middle English entre- < Middle French < Latin inter-), combining form of inter (preposition and adv.); see interior
Can be confusedinter- intra-

inter.

  1. intermediate.
  2. interrogation.
  3. interrogative.
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British Dictionary definitions for inter

inter

verb -ters, -terring or -terred
  1. (tr) to place (a body) in the earth; bury, esp with funeral rites

Word Origin

C14: from Old French enterrer, from Latin in- ² + terra earth

inter-

prefix
  1. between or amonginternational
  2. together, mutually, or reciprocallyinterdependent; interchange

Word Origin

from Latin

inter.

abbreviation for
  1. intermediate
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Word Origin and History for inter

v.

c.1300, from Old French enterer (11c.), from Medieval Latin interrare "put in the earth, bury," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + terra "earth" (see terrain). Related: Interred; interring.

inter-

Latin inter (prep., adv.) "among, between, betwixt, in the midst of," from PIE *enter "between, among" (cf. Sanskrit antar, Old Persian antar "among, between," Greek entera (plural) "intestines," Old Irish eter, Old Welsh ithr "among, between," Gothic undar, Old English under "under"), a comparative of *en "in" (see in). Also in certain Latin phrases in English, such as inter alia "among other things." A living prefix in English from 15c. Spelled entre- in French, most words borrowed into English in that form were re-spelled 16c. to conform with Latin except entertain, enterprise.

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inter in Medicine

inter-

pref.
  1. Between; among:interdental.
  2. In the midst of; within:interoceptor.
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inter in Science

inter-

  1. A prefix meaning “between” or “among,” as in interplanetary, located between planets.
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