[ 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. to place (a cremation urn) in an aboveground niche or in a grave or tomb: Her ashes were interred at the crematorium.

  1. to put into the earth.

  2. to forget or remove from consideration; abandon: Your dreams may be interred by social expectations and the demands of maturity.

Origin of inter

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English enteren, from Middle French enterrer, probably from unattested Vulgar Latin interrāre, derivative of terra “earth”; see in-2

Other words from inter

  • re·in·ter, verb (used with object), re·in·terred, re·in·ter·ring.

Words that may be confused with inter

Other definitions for inter- (2 of 3)


  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

Words that may be confused with inter-

Other definitions for inter. (3 of 3)


  1. intermediate.

  2. interrogation.

  1. interrogative. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use inter in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for inter (1 of 3)


/ (ɪnˈtɜː) /

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

Origin of inter

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

British Dictionary definitions for inter- (2 of 3)


  1. between or among: international

  2. together, mutually, or reciprocally: interdependent; interchange

Origin of inter-

from Latin

British Dictionary definitions for inter. (3 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. intermediate

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Scientific definitions for inter-


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

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