Definition of intern verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they intern
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrn//
he / she / it interns
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːnz//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrnz//
past simple interned
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːnd//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrnd//
past participle interned
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːnd//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrnd//
-ing form interning
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːnɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrnɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrn//
[often passive] intern somebody (in something) to put somebody in prison during a war or for political reasons, although they have not been charged with a crime They were interned by the government for the duration of the war. see also internee
Word Originearly 16th cent. (as an adjective in the sense ‘internal’): from French interne (adjective), interner (verb), from Latin internus ‘inward, internal’. Current senses date from the 19th cent.
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