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[in-tur] /ɪnˈtɜr/
verb (used with object), interred, interring.
to place (a dead body) in a grave or tomb; bury.
Obsolete. to put into the earth.
Origin of inter
1275-1325; Middle English enteren < Middle French enterrer, probably < Vulgar Latin *interrāre, derivative of terra earth; see in-2
Related forms
reinter, verb (used with object), reinterred, reinterring.
uninterred, adjective
Can be confused
enter, inter.


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
Can be confused
inter-, intra-. Unabridged
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  • Today, we're beginning to see how inter-dependent our education communities really are.
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  • Add to this the growth of democracy, an ideology of universal equality and inter-involvement.
  • The idea of good higher education is that students learn through structured inter-personal exchange and interaction.
  • She also arranged many other musical activities both intra- and inter-college.
  • We also need to see how intimately we're connected with the inter-living systems of the planet.
  • We all need to help our inter-species friends as much as possible.
  • Capillary rise into inter-filament gaps must be overcome in addition to individual filament wetting.
  • Multi-processing required, but inter-process coordination is virtually nonexistent.
  • Perhaps the solar system is really part of a giant fish bowl extending into inter-stellar space.
British Dictionary definitions for inter


verb -ters, -terring, -terred
(transitive) to place (a body) in the earth; bury, esp with funeral rites
Word Origin
C14: from Old French enterrer, from Latin in-² + terra earth


between or among: international
together, mutually, or reciprocally: interdependent, interchange
Word Origin
from Latin


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Word Origin and History for inter

c.1300, from Old French enterer (11c.), from Medieval Latin interrare "put in the earth, bury," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + terra "earth" (see terrain). Related: Interred; interring.


Latin inter (prep., adv.) "among, between, betwixt, in the midst of," from PIE *enter "between, among" (cf. Sanskrit antar, Old Persian antar "among, between," Greek entera (plural) "intestines," Old Irish eter, Old Welsh ithr "among, between," Gothic undar, Old English under "under"), a comparative of *en "in" (see in). Also in certain Latin phrases in English, such as inter alia "among other things." A living prefix in English from 15c. Spelled entre- in French, most words borrowed into English in that form were re-spelled 16c. to conform with Latin except entertain, enterprise.

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inter in Medicine

inter- pref.

  1. Between; among: interdental.

  2. In the midst of; within: interoceptor.

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inter in Science
A prefix meaning "between" or "among," as in interplanetary, located between planets.
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Related Abbreviations for inter


  1. interjection
  2. intermediate
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