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

 

intern

 verb
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 Origin early 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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