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  Dictionary Definition of intern

intern [1]

-- verb (t)
1. to oblige to reside within prescribed limits under prohibition to leave them, as prisoners of war or enemy aliens, or as combatant troops who take refuge in a neutral country.
2. to hold within a country until the termination of a war, as a vessel of a belligerent which has put into a neutral port and remained beyond a limited period allowed.
-- noun
3. Chiefly US. an internee.
[F interner, from L internus internal]