intermediate

1
[ in-ter-mee-dee-it ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈmi di ɪt /

adjective

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.

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. intermeddle,
  2. intermedia,
  3. intermediacy,
  4. intermediary,
  5. intermediary nerve,
  6. intermediate antebrachial vein,
  7. intermediate basilic vein,
  8. intermediate card,
  9. intermediate care,
  10. intermediate care facility

Origin of intermediate

1
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

intermediate

2
[ in-ter-mee-dee-eyt ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈmi diˌeɪt /

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

2
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

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British Dictionary definitions for intermediate

intermediate

adjective (ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪɪt)

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
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Medicine definitions for intermediate

intermediate

[ ĭn′tər-mēdē-ĭt ]

adj.

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 process until it is either deactivated or consumed.

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