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).
Inter- vs Intra-What’s the difference between the interstate highway and the intrastate highway? Inter- is a prefix that means between two groups, and intra- is a prefix which means within or inside one group. Inter- and intra- are both prefixes, which are groups of letters that are placed at the beginning of a word in order to change its meaning. Inter- Inter- is a common prefix that …
Words Popularized By Shakespeare That We Still UseWilliam Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616 and was baptized on April 26, 1564. His exact birthdate remains unknown, though it is conventionally taken to be the same as the day his "bones were interred." In his honor, we wanted to share some words popularized by the man himself.
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-
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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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Medicine definitions for inter-
In the midst of; within:interoceptor.
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Science definitions for inter-
A prefix meaning between or among, as in interplanetary, located between planets.
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