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Definition of internal adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[only before noun] connected with the inside of something the internal structure of a building internal doors opposite external
  2. 2[only before noun] connected with the inside of your body internal organs/injuries The medicine is not for internal use. opposite external
  3. 3[usually before noun] involving or concerning only the people who are part of a particular organization rather than people from outside it an internal investigation the internal workings of government internal divisions within the company opposite external
  4. 4[only before noun] connected with a country's own affairs rather than those that involve other countries synonym domestic internal affairs/trade/markets an internal flight (= within a country) opposite external
  5. 5coming from within a thing itself rather than from outside it a theory which lacks internal consistency (= whose parts are not in agreement with each other) Some photos contain internal evidence (= fashions, transportation, etc.) that may help to date them.
  6. 6happening or existing in your mind synonym inner internal rage
adverb internally connected rooms The new positions were only advertised internally.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: internal