intermediate[in′tər mē′dē it; for v., -dē āt′]
An example of intermediate used as an adjective is an intermediate ice skater, one who has better than beginner skills but who is not quite expert.
- being or happening between two things, places, stages, etc.; in the middle
- designating or of an automobile larger than a compact but smaller than the standard size
Origin of intermediateMedieval Latin intermediatus ; from Classical Latin intermedius ; from inter-, between + medius, middle: see mid
- anything intermediate
- an intermediate automobile
- Chem. a substance obtained as a necessary intermediate stage between the original material and the final product
- One that is in a middle position or state.
- An intermediary.
- Chemistry A substance formed as a necessary stage in the manufacture of a desired end product.
- An automobile that is smaller than a full-sized model but larger than a compact.
intransitive verbin·ter·me·di·at·ed, in·ter·me·di·at·ing, in·ter·me·di·ates
- To act as an intermediary; mediate.
- To intervene.
Origin of intermediateMiddle English, from Medieval Latin intermediātus, from Late Latin intermedius : Latin inter-, inter- + Latin medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more intermediate, superlative most intermediate)
(third-person singular simple present intermediates, present participle intermediating, simple past and past participle intermediated)
- (intransitive) to mediate, to be an intermediate
- to arrange, in the manner of a broker
- Central banks need to regulate the entities that intermediate monetary transactions.