internal meaning

[ in'tə:nl ] Pronunciation:   "internal" in a sentence
Adjective: internal  in'turn(u)l
  1. Happening or arising or located within some limits or especially surface
    "internal organs"; "internal mechanism of a toy"; "internal party manoeuvring" 
  2. Occurring within an institution or community
    - intragroup 
  3. Inside the country
    "the nation's internal politics"
    - home, interior, national 
  4. Located inward
    "an internal sense of righteousness"
    - inner, interior 
  5. Innermost or essential
    "the internal contradictions of the theory"
    - inner, intimate

See also: domestic, inner, inside, interior, internally, internecine, intramural, intrinsic, intrinsical, inward, position, spatial relation

Antonym: external

Encyclopedia: Internal

AmE / adjective

1 [usually before noun]

involving or concerning only the people who are part of a particular organization rather than people from outside it:

an internal inquiry

internal emails/memos

Internal recruitment gives staff opportunities for promotion and new challenges.


used to describe the situation when a company develops its existing business rather than growing by buying other companies, etc:

We have tripled our sales through internal growth and acquisitions.


3 [only before noun]

connected with a country's own affairs rather than those that involve other countries:

internal affairs/trade/markets

an internal flight

(= within a country)



internally /; AmE / adverb:

It is too early to say whether the positions will be filled internally or externally.

1 : existing or situated within the limits or surface of something: as
a : situated near the inside of the body ‹an internal layer of abdominal muscle›
b : situated on the side toward the midsagittal plane of the body ‹the internal surface of the lung›
2 : present or arising within an organism or one of its parts ‹an internal stimulus›
3 : applied or intended for application through the stomach by being swallowed ‹an internal remedy› — in·ter·nal·ly adv


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  1. bloodless internal surgery is possible.
  2. don't meddle in the internal affairs of other countries.
  3. it has its own internal apparatus.
  4. war, it will be seen, is now a purely internal affair.
  5. his internal problems were complex and multitudinous.

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