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).
Words nearby inter-
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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH inter-inter- intra-
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British Dictionary definitions for inter-
between or amonginternational
together, mutually, or reciprocallyinterdependent; interchange
Word Origin for inter-
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Medical definitions for inter-
In the midst of; within:interoceptor.
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Scientific definitions for inter-
A prefix meaning between or among, as in interplanetary, located between planets.
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