[ in-ter-mee-dee-it ]
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  1. being, situated, or acting between two points, stages, things, persons, etc.: the intermediate steps in a procedure.

  2. of or relating to an intermediate school.

  1. Automotive. mid-size.

  1. a person who acts between others; intermediary; mediator.

  2. something intermediate, as a form or class.

  1. Chemistry. a derivative of the initial material formed before the desired product of a chemical process.

Origin of intermediate

1615–25; <Medieval Latin intermediātus, equivalent to Latin intermedi(us) intermediary (inter-inter- + mediusmiddle, in the middle) + -ātus-ate1

Other words from intermediate

  • in·ter·me·di·ate·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·me·di·ate·ness, noun

Words Nearby intermediate

Other definitions for intermediate (2 of 2)

[ in-ter-mee-dee-eyt ]

verb (used without object),in·ter·me·di·at·ed, in·ter·me·di·at·ing.
  1. to act as an intermediary; intervene; mediate.

Origin of intermediate

1600–10; <Medieval Latin intermediātus, past participle of intermediāre.See inter-, mediate

Other words from intermediate

  • in·ter·me·di·a·tor, noun
  • in·ter·me·di·a·to·ry [in-ter-mee-dee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˌɪn tərˈmi di əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use intermediate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for intermediate


  1. occurring or situated between two points, extremes, places, etc; in between

  2. (of a class, course, etc) suitable for learners with some degree of skill or competence

  1. physics (of a neutron) having an energy between 100 and 100 000 electronvolts

  2. geology (of such igneous rocks as syenite) containing between 55 and 66 per cent silica

  1. something intermediate

  2. a substance formed during one of the stages of a chemical process before the desired product is obtained

  1. (intr) to act as an intermediary or mediator

Origin of intermediate

C17: from Medieval Latin intermediāre to intervene, from Latin inter- + medius middle

Derived forms of intermediate

  • intermediacy or intermediateness, noun
  • intermediately, adverb
  • intermediation, noun
  • intermediator, noun

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