[ in-turn ]
/ ˈɪn tɜrn /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: intern / interned / interning on Thesaurus.com

a resident member of the medical staff of a hospital, usually a recent medical school graduate serving under supervision.
Education. student teacher.
a person who works as an apprentice or trainee in an occupation or profession to gain practical experience, and sometimes also to satisfy legal or other requirements for being licensed or accepted professionally.
verb (used without object), in·terned, in·tern·ing.
to be or perform the duties of an intern.
Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Sometimes in·terne .

Origin of intern

First recorded in 1825–30 for def. 1, and in 1920–25 for defs. 2, 3; from French interne “assistant doctor,” from Latin internus “inward”; see intern3

Other definitions for intern (2 of 3)

[ verb in-turn; noun in-turn ]
/ verb ɪnˈtɜrn; noun ˈɪn tɜrn /

verb (used with object)
to restrict to or confine within prescribed limits, as prisoners of war, enemy aliens, or combat troops who take refuge in a neutral country.
to impound or hold within a country until the termination of a war, as a ship of a belligerent that has put into a neutral port and remained beyond a limited period.
a person who is or has been interned; internee.

Origin of intern

First recorded in 1865–70; from French interner “to send inland; confine,” verbal derivative of interne intern3

Other definitions for intern (3 of 3)

[ in-turn ]
/ ɪnˈtɜrn /

adjective Archaic.

Origin of intern

First recorded in 1570–80; from Latin internus “inward,” equivalent to inter- inter- + -nus adjective suffix
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use intern in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for intern


(ɪnˈtɜːn) (tr) to detain or confine (foreign or enemy citizens, ships, etc), esp during wartime
(ˈɪntɜːn) (intr) mainly US to serve or train as an intern
noun (ˈɪntɜːn)
adjective (ɪnˈtɜːn)
an archaic word for internal

Word Origin for intern

C19: from Latin internus internal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for intern


An advanced student or recent graduate who assists in the medical or surgical care of hospital patients and who resides within that institution.
To train or to serve as an intern.

Other words from intern

intern•ship′ n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.