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[in-ter-mee-dee-it] /ˌɪn tərˈmi di ɪt/
being, situated, or acting between two points, stages, things, persons, etc.:
the intermediate steps in a procedure.
of or relating to an intermediate school.
Automotive. mid-size.
a person who acts between others; intermediary; mediator.
something intermediate, as a form or class.
Chemistry. a derivative of the initial material formed before the desired product of a chemical process.
Origin of intermediate1
1615-25; < Medieval Latin intermediātus, equivalent to Latin intermedi(us) intermediary (inter- inter- + medius middle, in the middle) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
intermediately, adverb
intermediateness, noun


[in-ter-mee-dee-eyt] /ˌɪn tərˈmi diˌeɪt/
verb (used without object), intermediated, intermediating.
to act as an intermediary; intervene; mediate.
1600-10; < Medieval Latin intermediātus, past participle of intermediāre. See inter-, mediate
Related forms
intermediator, noun
[in-ter-mee-dee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌɪn tərˈmi di əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
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Examples from the web for intermediate
  • Furthermore, the middle section of any route between them lacks interesting intermediate destinations with substantial population.
  • The quantum state of one ion was teleported to a second ion using a third ion in the middle as an intermediate.
  • The individual must be an outstanding teacher willing to commit to elementary and intermediate language instruction.
  • It imports raw materials and intermediate goods and exports final goods.
  • There is also speculation that bats could be intermediate hosts.
  • What turns intermediate disturbances into natural disasters is population density.
  • When grown near each other, the two species sometimes hybridize, producing intermediate forms.
  • But the fossils of such an intermediate have never been found, and perhaps they never will.
  • If you are an intermediate player anxious to improve, there are various ways to go about it.
  • So developing a financial system that can intermediate between savers and borrowers effectively and efficiently is crucial.
British Dictionary definitions for intermediate


adjective (ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪɪt)
occurring or situated between two points, extremes, places, etc; in between
(of a class, course, etc) suitable for learners with some degree of skill or competence
(physics) (of a neutron) having an energy between 100 and 100 000 electronvolts
(geology) (of such igneous rocks as syenite) containing between 55 and 66 per cent silica
noun (ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪɪt)
something intermediate
a substance formed during one of the stages of a chemical process before the desired product is obtained
verb (ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪˌeɪt)
(intransitive) to act as an intermediary or mediator
Derived Forms
intermediacy, intermediateness, noun
intermediately, adverb
intermediation, noun
intermediator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin intermediāre to intervene, from Latin inter- + medius middle
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Word Origin and History for intermediate

early 15c., from Medieval Latin intermediatus "lying between," from Latin intermedius "that which is between," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + medius "in the middle" (see medial (adj.)).


c.1600, from inter- + mediate (v.). Related: Intermediated; intermediating.

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intermediate in Medicine

intermediate in·ter·me·di·ate (ĭn'tər-mē'dē-ĭt)
Lying or occurring in a middle position or state. n.
A substance formed in the course of a chemical reaction or the synthesis of a desired end product that then participates in the the process until it is either deactivated or consumed.

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