[ in-ter-mee-dee-it ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈmi di ɪt /
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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.
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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, adverbin·ter·me·di·ate·ness, noun

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[ 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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM intermediate

in·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


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 forms of intermediate

intermediacy 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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Medical definitions for intermediate

[ ĭn′tər-mēdē-ĭt ]

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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