verb (used with object), interred, interring.
to place (a dead body) in a grave or tomb; bury.
Obsolete. to put into the earth.

1275–1325; Middle English enteren < Middle French enterrer, probably < Vulgar Latin *interrāre, derivative of terra earth; see in-2

reinter, verb (used with object), reinterred, reinterring.
uninterred, adjective

enter, inter. Unabridged


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 ).

Middle English < Latin (in some words replacing Middle English entre- < Middle French < Latin inter-), combining form of inter (preposition and adv.); see interior

inter-, intra-. Unabridged
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inter (ɪnˈtɜː)
vb , -ters, -terring, -terred
(tr) to place (a body) in the earth; bury, esp with funeral rites
[C14: from Old French enterrer, from Latin in-² + terra earth]

abbreviation for

1.  between or among: international
2.  together, mutually, or reciprocally: interdependent; interchange
[from Latin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. enterer, from M.L. interrare "put in the earth, bury," from L. in- "in" + terra "earth" (see terrain).

L. inter (prep., adj.) "among, between," from PIE *enter "between, among" (cf. Skt. antar, O.Pers. antar "among, between," Gk. entera (pl.) "intestines," O.Ir. eter, O.Welsh ithr "among, between," Goth. undar, O.E. under "under"), a comparative of *en- "in." Also in certain L. phrases in Eng., such as
inter alia "among other things." Spelled entre- in Fr., most words borrowed into Eng. in that form were re-spelled 16c. to conform with L. except entertain, enterprise.
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Medical Dictionary

inter- pref.

  1. Between; among: interdental.

  2. In the midst of; within: interoceptor.

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Science Dictionary
A prefix meaning "between" or "among," as in interplanetary, located between planets.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. interjection

  2. intermediate

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Example sentences
Today, we're beginning to see how inter-dependent our education communities
  really are.
Some are an abbreviated introduction to journals databases and the mysteries of
  inter-library loan.
Add to this the growth of democracy, an ideology of universal equality and
The idea of good higher education is that students learn through structured
  inter-personal exchange and interaction.
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