Definition of international in English:



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

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


  • 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.’
    • ‘He has also represented the Irish schoolboys teams in recent internationals against England.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the sporting side, such events included rugby internationals and Olympic soccer matches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In an illustrious career, Pele scored 1282 goals in 1363 competitive matches, including internationals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Northern Ireland games regularly attracted crowds of 30,000 to Windsor Park for home internationals as the team often qualified for international tournaments.’
    • ‘He has now become national veterans' champion and is about to represent England in an international.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The organization has 84 clubs in North America involved in football, hurling, and camogie, and sends teams to play internationals in Ireland.’
    • ‘Both of these lads were recently on the Irish team for the home internationals and played their match at a furious pace.’
    • ‘Neither team won the home internationals, something that has become more a habit than a surprise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His round included the Seabank Hotel in Porthcawl, where the Welsh football and rugby teams stayed before internationals.’
    • ‘It did its best to prevent any cricketers with aspirations of representing the USA in internationals from playing for ProCricket.’
    • ‘Her father played rugby for England, which accounted for her interest in the game and her pleasure in going to rugby internationals at Twickenham.’
    1. 1.1A 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And, among those whom I have taken to improve pace are England or Great Britain internationals from five different sports.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their players are mostly internationals and their manager is one of the most experienced around.’
      • ‘City were never expected to beat the highly-fancied Newcastle in 1911, which had a team packed with internationals.’
      • ‘These include two Brazilian Under-21 internationals and several good players from inside Bulgaria.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Better players, more internationals, more evenly spread about the clubs, more uncertain (beyond the top three or four) than ever before.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Any of four associations founded (1864–1936) to promote socialist or communist action.

    • ‘In most Internationals the President is elected by delegate voting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The International raised solidarity and support for the Paris Commune, but it was crushed by the ruling class.’
    • ‘The one principle on which all three courts could agree was hostility to the International and the defence of monarchy.’
    • ‘Then a new International was built which lasted until the First World War.’
    • ‘This will be a necessary elementary stage in the building of a revolutionary International.’