- an intermediate agent or agency; a go-between or mediator.
- a medium or means.
- an intermediate form or stage.
- being between; intermediate.
- acting between persons, parties, etc.; serving as an intermediate agent or agency: an intermediary power.
Origin of intermediary
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Related Wordsemissary, negotiator, go-between, broker, mediator, medium, organ, entrepreneur, intercessor, influence, agent, instrument, connection, intermediate, delegate, vehicle, channel, fixer, cutout, interceder
Examples from the Web for intermediary
He is the intermediary between the human world and the spiritual world.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
Had the term not already been taken, Obama might well have called his intermediary path the “third way.”The Rise of the New New Left
September 12, 2013
The second is the possibility of an intermediary agreement in case a final status agreement will not be possible.What The White House Could Learn From Barak’s Farewell Message
March 4, 2013
So the predator priest (who could sign) was actually an intermediary between the kids and their parents.Alex Gibney’s ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’: Sex, Lies, and the Catholic Church
February 4, 2013
With most diseases spread by rodents, the mouse or rat or vole is only an intermediary (a “host”) for fleas and lice and the like.Yosemite Hanta Virus: Nature Strikes Back
September 3, 2012
Nevertheless, the General pursued the negotiations with Paterno as intermediary.The Philippine Islands
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
The former was a well-educated man, who may have acted as intermediary.The Secret House
- a person who acts as a mediator or agent between parties
- something that acts as a medium or means
- an intermediate state or period
- acting as an intermediary
- situated, acting, or coming between; intermediate
Word Origin and History for intermediary
1788 (adj.); 1791 (n.), from French intermédiaire (17c.), from Medieval Latin intermedium, from Latin intermedius (see intermediate).