Definition of intermediary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪəri/

noun (plural intermediaries)

A person who acts as a link between people in order to try and bring about an agreement; a mediator: negotiations took place through an intermediary
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  • The Broker Network brings together more than 100 independent intermediaries from around the country.
  • Up until now, lenders, brokers and intermediaries in the industry adhered to a voluntary code of conduct.
  • Other intermediaries such as agents and brokers do not take title to goods.
mediator, go-between, negotiator, intervenor, interceder, intercessor, arbitrator, arbiter, conciliator, peacemaker;
middleman, broker, agent, liaison, linkman, linkwoman, linkperson
rare negotiant


Intermediate: an intermediary stage
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  • He said this could revive the banking sector's intermediary role, which has been drastically weakened since the financial crisis.
  • It should be permissible, for instance, for intermediary tables to differentiate between smokers and non-smokers.
  • A score of zero indicates absence of symptoms, three represents maximum severity, while scores of one and two are intermediary statements.


Late 18th century: from French intermédiaire, from Italian intermediario, from Latin intermedius (see intermediate).

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