Definition of international in English:

international

adjective

  • 1Existing, occurring, or carried on between nations.

    ‘international trade’
    • ‘In political terms, the EU has generally carried less weight in international affairs.’
    • ‘Globalisation creates international trade laws that determine the cost and availability of lifesaving drugs.’
    • ‘Also, globalization has led to the growth of the international drug trade.’
    • ‘Ocean shipping carries nearly 80 percent of the world's international trade in goods.’
    • ‘Such arrangements could play havoc with the existing international phone system in several ways.’
    • ‘He predicted better times ahead for international trade as the global outlook continues to improve.’
    • ‘Also, international investments carry the risk of foreign currency fluctuations.’
    • ‘Rising international trade flows are a primary component of globalization.’
    • ‘Weng is a student in international trade at Guangdong University.’
    • ‘The city, which depends on international trade, has been hit hard by the global economic downturn.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, these two nations succeeded because of their participation in international trade.’
    • ‘The question is which of these figures should be used in the comparison with global international trade?’
    • ‘It is essential that the grave is protected until an international inquiry can be carried out.’
    • ‘His claims reveal just how far removed from the existing reality of international relations the government is.’
    • ‘She says she intends to go to Beijing University to study international trade.’
    • ‘Obviously, in a world where there is no authority to settle international disputes, disarmament gives way to a security dilemma.’
    • ‘Trade and earnings on international investments now amount to one-third of our nation's output.’
    • ‘Worldwide, economies are increasingly dependent on international trade as a source of growth.’
    • ‘The vast majority of cod we eat is sourced from sustainable global stocks, traded on an international market.’
    • ‘The US, backed by Britain, believes that global poverty can be best addressed by freeing up international trade.’
    global, worldwide, intercontinental
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    1. 1.1 Agreed on by all or many nations.
      ‘a violation of international law’
      • ‘Cambodia is banking on its adherence to international labor standards to carry it through.’
      • ‘‘There is an agreed international protocol that we follow to assess people,’ he said.’
      • ‘Indonesia, so far, has ratified four of the existing 12 international conventions on terrorism.’
      • ‘Most of the other hotels do not come up to the international standards of cleanliness and hygiene.’
      • ‘It was agreed to by international treaty in 1988 and all seagoing nations will participate.’
      • ‘Let us say that became an agreed change to the international treaty.’
      • ‘This year's quota reduction will not save the fish unless a powerful international recovery plan, which was not agreed last week, is put in place.’
      • ‘By design, neither set of rules purports to override existing international water agreements.’
      global, worldwide, intercontinental
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    2. 1.2 Used by people of many nations.
      ‘large international hotels’
      • ‘City life is harsh, and that's just in the downtown area, with its international hotels and branches of Wimpy and Subway.’
      • ‘The hotel also has an international cuisine restaurant, three bars and a night club.’
      • ‘In most ways nothing could be further away from village Bengal than the imperatives of an international standard modern hotel.’
      • ‘Another hotel under an international brand name is due to open in town next year.’
      • ‘The resort city offers value for money accommodation, with hotels covering all levels in international resort rooms.’
      • ‘It offers 370 rooms and is the first international brand hotel near Pudong Airport.’
      • ‘At first I was troubled by the bad service in hotels, but now this is changing with the new international chains.’
      • ‘There is even a new international hotel, set up by an extremely brave and enterprising returned Afghan émigré from New Jersey.’
      • ‘The Sharm area has small, intimate hotels with modern designs, as well as larger hotel complexes belonging to international chains.’
      • ‘There were no night clubs, no major international hotels, no bars.’
      • ‘Several international hotel chains are entering the lucrative mainland market with eyes on its surging tourism sector.’
      • ‘If you go to seek it in the new tarted up smartest international hotels, you will nearly always be disappointed.’
      • ‘Well, now there are very many hotels to choose from and hundreds of international restaurants from which to choose.’
      • ‘That hotel is expected to be completed in 2007 and will be managed by an international hotel chain.’
      • ‘The gourmet restaurant La Truffe serves the sumptuous dinners you would expect in an international hotel.’
      • ‘Hotels serve international or Czech food, which is hearty and homely and very addictive.’
      • ‘Close to an international wharf, the hotel changed some guestrooms for young travellers, known as the youth hostel.’
      • ‘The squash revival began with the opening of international hotels in the late 80s and early 90s.’
      • ‘Last year only about 4% of Irish hotels operated under an international brand.’
      • ‘Hangzhou Shangri-La was then the first joint venture and first international hotel in Zhejiang Province.’

noun

  • 1British A game or contest between teams representing different countries in a sport.

    ‘the Murrayfield rugby international’
    • ‘Diggers coach Kelvin Clulee, who had expected the game to be tough, said his side were disjointed as they had not trained together as a team in the last month due to internationals and sevens championships.’
    • ‘I might play three or four games a season for England or Great Britain, but we often play more than 10 internationals a season in rugby union - and have already played 12 in less than a year.’
    • ‘She has just been selected to play in the Scottish senior team for the home international in Kilmarnock next weekend.’
    • ‘One thing that has been proved during the whole sorry saga is that playing England internationals at different venues around the country has been a big success.’
    • ‘On the sporting side, such events included rugby internationals and Olympic soccer matches.’
    • ‘In all he competed in eight internationals, representing Wales in the Commonwealth Games at Edinburgh in 1970 and Great Britain in the European Championships at Helsinki the following year.’
    • ‘The organization has 84 clubs in North America involved in football, hurling, and camogie, and sends teams to play internationals in Ireland.’
    • ‘In an illustrious career, Pele scored 1282 goals in 1363 competitive matches, including internationals.’
    • ‘His round included the Seabank Hotel in Porthcawl, where the Welsh football and rugby teams stayed before internationals.’
    • ‘Northern Ireland games regularly attracted crowds of 30,000 to Windsor Park for home internationals as the team often qualified for international tournaments.’
    • ‘Her father played rugby for England, which accounted for her interest in the game and her pleasure in going to rugby internationals at Twickenham.’
    • ‘Later this month Carlow's most successful female golfer comes ‘home’ again, this time as manager of the Irish team in the home internationals, played at Oak Park for the first time.’
    • ‘Murphy is calling for Rugby League to put on a grand show and match the colour, atmosphere and euphoria generated at major rugby union internationals.’
    • ‘He has also represented the Irish schoolboys teams in recent internationals against England.’
    • ‘If the name Lions can be applied to all combined British teams to have played internationals against the All Blacks, the record does not make encouraging reading in the northern hemisphere.’
    • ‘It did its best to prevent any cricketers with aspirations of representing the USA in internationals from playing for ProCricket.’
    • ‘The last time England lost, to Ireland in October, Woodward was ruthless with his side, dramatically changing his team for the autumn internationals that followed and the Six Nations but he ruled this out last night.’
    • ‘He has now become national veterans' champion and is about to represent England in an international.’
    • ‘Neither team won the home internationals, something that has become more a habit than a surprise.’
    • ‘Both of these lads were recently on the Irish team for the home internationals and played their match at a furious pace.’
    1. 1.1 A player who has taken part in an international game or contest.
      • ‘The most obvious way of getting a huge wad of cash to the Manager to spend on a team of fancy world-class internationals is by acquiring a multi-billionaire Oil Tycoon.’
      • ‘On busy days during the school summer holidays, particularly when the Ship pub on the quay hosts its annual beach cricket match against a team of touring internationals, the whole place can become packed.’
      • ‘I didn't mention the names of any of the footballers, though a bloke in the audience told me who the international was and what team the accused are from.’
      • ‘Woods also chose China to clear up his views on the levels of animosity creeping into the Ryder Cup, claiming that gamesmanship made it not as much fun as the Presidents Cup between the United States and a team of internationals.’
      • ‘Better players, more internationals, more evenly spread about the clubs, more uncertain (beyond the top three or four) than ever before.’
      • ‘These include two Brazilian Under-21 internationals and several good players from inside Bulgaria.’
      • ‘City were never expected to beat the highly-fancied Newcastle in 1911, which had a team packed with internationals.’
      • ‘Their players are mostly internationals and their manager is one of the most experienced around.’
      • ‘Two senior Leeds players - both internationals - are known to have squared up to each other in the dressing room and had to be separated before the row escalated into an exchange of punches.’
      • ‘The supporters' club is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and as a reward Manchester United have agreed to send over two of their most capped players, both English internationals.’
      • ‘When Carter subsequently played for the League of Ireland representative team against an English league team of internationals he was by some distance the star of the show.’
      • ‘One player does not make a team, especially a team that has two internationals for every position within its squad, and the financial fire-power to find re-enforcements at will.’
      • ‘While St Francis were a non-league team, they did have seven junior Ireland internationals on their team and went on to reach the final that year.’
      • ‘Carefully edited videos of East European playmakers, South American internationals and the next big thing out of Africa start piling up on desks.’
      • ‘I know they didn't field anywhere near what was their strongest team, but they still had a host of internationals in the line-up and I thought we matched them in every department.’
      • ‘It would be good for the club if they had two internationals in the team.’
      • ‘With both teams including several Olympic internationals, a high quality race is expected as Oxford seek to gain revenge for Cambridge's win last year.’
      • ‘The chop change nature of their team selection has also been in stark contrast to their stated aim after the last World Cup that they would work towards building a settled team full of experienced internationals.’
      • ‘Granted, he may not be watching them at international level when he watches them in the Premiership, but given the influx of foreign players in the domestic game most players are competing against internationals on a weekly basis anyway.’
      • ‘And, among those whom I have taken to improve pace are England or Great Britain internationals from five different sports.’
  • 2Any of four associations founded (1864–1936) to promote socialist or communist action.

    • ‘This will be a necessary elementary stage in the building of a revolutionary International.’
    • ‘The one principle on which all three courts could agree was hostility to the International and the defence of monarchy.’
    • ‘There were several failed attempts to develop Internationals through history, but the idea of international integration at the level of people - that's the ideal of the left and the workers' movements from their origin.’
    • ‘Then a new International was built which lasted until the First World War.’
    • ‘In most Internationals the President is elected by delegate voting.’
    • ‘The International raised solidarity and support for the Paris Commune, but it was crushed by the ruling class.’

The First International was formed by Karl Marx in London in 1864 as an international working men's association. The Second International was formed in Paris in 1889 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution and still survives as a loose association of social democrats. The Third International, also known as the Comintern, was formed by the Bolsheviks in 1919 to further the cause of world revolution. It was abolished in 1943. The Fourth International, a body of Trotskyist organizations, was formed in 1938 in opposition to the policies of the Stalin-dominated Third International

Pronunciation

international

/ɪntəˈnaʃ(ə)n(ə)l/