[ 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

Related forms

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intermediator

  • With the same gravity, the intermediator reckoned the cost would be more.

    The Lincoln Story Book|Henry L. Williams
  • Lincoln met the intermediator, but the ultimate negotiation fell through, like the others all.

    The Lincoln Story Book|Henry L. Williams

British Dictionary definitions for intermediator


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

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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Medicine definitions for intermediator


[ 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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