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intermediary

[in-ter-mee-dee-er-ee] /ˌɪn tərˈmi diˌɛr i/
noun, plural intermediaries.
1.
an intermediate agent or agency; a go-between or mediator.
2.
a medium or means.
3.
an intermediate form or stage.
adjective
4.
being between; intermediate.
5.
acting between persons, parties, etc.; serving as an intermediate agent or agency:
an intermediary power.
Origin of intermediary
1785-1795
1785-95; < Late Latin intermedi(um) intervening place + -ary; see intermediate1
Synonyms
1. arbitrator, umpire.
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  • Nevertheless, the General pursued the negotiations with Paterno as intermediary.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • From 1529 he suffered no intermediary to come between Parliament and himself.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • Is there any intermediary with whom one should get upon good terms?

  • This seemed to the intermediary like direct and conclusive orders from the principal.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • The former was a well-educated man, who may have acted as intermediary.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for intermediary

intermediary

/ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪərɪ/
noun (pl) -aries
1.
a person who acts as a mediator or agent between parties
2.
something that acts as a medium or means
3.
an intermediate state or period
adjective
4.
acting as an intermediary
5.
situated, acting, or coming between; intermediate
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Word Origin and History for intermediary

1788 (adj.); 1791 (n.), from French intermédiaire (17c.), from Medieval Latin intermedium, from Latin intermedius (see intermediate).

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