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 intermediate

1615–25; < Medieval Latin intermediātus, equivalent to Latin intermedi(us) intermediary (inter- inter- + medius middle, in the middle) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsin·ter·me·di·ate·ly, adverbin·ter·me·di·ate·ness, noun



verb (used without object), in·ter·me·di·at·ed, in·ter·me·di·at·ing.

to act as an intermediary; intervene; mediate.

Origin of intermediate

1600–10; < Medieval Latin intermediātus, past participle of intermediāre. See inter-, mediate
Related formsin·ter·me·di·a·tor, nounin·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. 2019

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  • Then the intermediate state of rest will be pleasure and will also be pain?

  • A state which is intermediate, and a sort of repose of the soul about either—that is what you mean?

  • There are no intermediate steps which lead from one to the other.



  • For in passing from the greater to the less it must reach an intermediate point, which is equality.

  • Now these spirits or intermediate powers are many and diverse, and one of them is Love.'

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)

(intr) to act as an intermediary or mediator
Derived Formsintermediacy or intermediateness, nounintermediately, adverbintermediation, nounintermediator, noun

Word Origin for intermediate

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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Medicine definitions for intermediate




Lying or occurring in a middle position or state.


A substance formed in the course of a chemical reaction or the synthesis of a desired end product that then participates in the process until it is either deactivated or consumed.
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