Meaning of INTERNAL in English

/ ɪnˈtɜːnl; NAmE ɪnˈtɜːrnl/ adjective


[ only before noun ] connected with the inside of sth :

the internal structure of a building

internal doors

OPP external


[ only before noun ] connected with the inside of your body :

internal organs / injuries

The medicine is not for internal use .

OPP external


[ 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

the internal workings of government

internal divisions within the company

OPP external


[ only before noun ] connected with a country's own affairs rather than those that involve other countries

SYN domestic :

internal affairs / trade / markets

an internal flight (= within a country)

OPP external


coming from within a thing itself rather than from outside it :

a theory which lacks internal consistency (= whose parts are not in agreement with each other)

Some photos contain internal evidence (= fashions, transport, etc.) that may help to date them.


happening or existing in your mind

SYN inner :

internal rage

►  in·tern·al·ly / -nəli; NAmE / adverb :

internally connected rooms

The new posts were only advertised internally.



early 16th cent. (in the sense intrinsic ): from modern Latin internalis , from Latin internus inward, internal.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.