Definition of intermediate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪət/


1Coming between two things in time, place, character, etc. an intermediate stage of development a cooled liquid intermediate between liquid and solid
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  • Therefore, the BMV presents characteristics that are intermediate between proteins and colloids.
  • Lung burdens of asbestos in these cases are intermediate between asbestosis and pleural plaques.
  • Its glass composition is somewhat intermediate between the other two glass chemistry groups, so this group could alternatively be a hybrid.
halfway, in-between, middle, mid, midway, median, intermediary, intervening, interposed, transitional;
in the middle, at the halfway point, equidistant between two points/stages
technical medial
rare intermedial
1.1Having or suitable for a level of knowledge or skill between basic and advanced: intermediate skiers an intermediate course
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  • The slopes are mostly short but steep and are suitable for beginners, intermediate and advance skiers.
  • These are the fundamental plans that introduce beginners to the basic lifts and raise the intensity and volume for intermediate and advanced trainers.
  • In all, there are 19 runs with most geared towards the intermediate or advanced skier.


1An intermediate thing.
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  • Since in evolutionary theory, fully fledged cells had to exist before viruses, the latter are not some evolutionary intermediate between life and non-life.
1.1A person at an intermediate level of knowledge or skill: photography courses for beginners and intermediates
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  • Beginners and early intermediates do better by ignoring the tram and skiing the lower slopes and mid-mountain where there is plenty of more suitable terrain.
  • The Community Access Centre in Tarbert is holding computer classes for beginners, intermediates, ECDL, internet and e-mail, sage, computerised accounts for beginners and keyboard skills.
  • The men will be divided into three sections - masters, intermediates and beginners, while the ladies will have two sections (A and B) with all the runs on a handicap system.
1.2A chemical compound formed by one reaction and then taking part in another, especially during synthesis: a pathway leading to the formation of reactive intermediates
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  • The phenyl group is often encountered as an intermediate in many organic reactions.
  • Although ketones are not as reactive as aldehydes, they are also important intermediates in the synthesis of many compounds.
  • Tertiary carbocations are encountered as reaction intermediates, whereas primary carbocations are never encountered.


Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪeɪt/
[no object]
Act as intermediary; mediate: groups which intermediated between the individual and the state
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  • Presidents need the media to communicate with the public, and have been inventive in devising techniques and strategies to reduce the impact of the media intermediating between president and public.
  • But there are individuals intermediating with the corporation to form the identity.
  • Koehler explained that Hong Kong is a logical choice for the sub-office because the territory's markets play ‘a key role in intermediating the flow of capital in the region.’



Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪəsi/
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  • They had asked for the meeting and it was arranged through the intermediacy of the French Embassy.
  • The result underscores the necessity of searching for intermediacy when analyzing vocalizations of geographically distant populations.
  • The two varieties are often found growing in very close proximity and at the Charleston County site the two plants co-occur without any sign of intermediacy.


Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪətli/
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  • What made it relatively easy for Bronze Age rulers to cancel personal debts was the fact that most such debts were owed ultimately to the palace (and intermediately to the royal collectors).
  • Other physiological processes that depend on surface areas - gas exchange across a membrane, for instance - are intermediately affected by changes in body size.
  • Mike Martz scripted plays that would draw the linebackers and safeties to the middle of the field: running inside and throwing the ball intermediately to crossing receivers.


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  • The vernacular implies an underlying logic of ‘intermediateness’ and ‘appropriateness’ that steers a path between either-or solutions.
  • Instead of taking advantage of the full intermediateness of the course, they try to run it like Advanced.
  • It takes place with the aid and intermediateness of the surrounding seawater masses, in the midst of the practically borderless, incompressible but still yielding and rebounding ocean water.


Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəmiːdɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Another problem of the administration is the intermediation of tour agencies.
  • The service sector activities of financial intermediation, real estate, and general business services can be considered to be a major basic sector of London.
  • In so doing, the products and practices of financial intermediation have, in my view, forever changed.


Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪeɪtə/
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  • We can easily play the role of those intermediators, educating each other just by talking.
  • The reference librarian is and has always been an intermediator between the information and the patron.
  • Content providers are the source of the raw material that flows through the medium and upon which intermediators offer added value.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin intermediatus, from Latin intermedius, from inter- 'between' + medius 'middle'.

  • mediocre from late 16th century:

    Mediocre is from Latin mediocris used to mean ‘of middle height or degree’, but literally ‘somewhat rugged or mountainous’, from medius ‘middle’ and ocris ‘rugged mountain’. Medius also gives us medium (late 16th century) and intermediate (Late Middle English), while meridian (Late Middle English) goes back to Latin meridianum ‘noon’ from medius dies ‘middle of the day’.

Words that rhyme with intermediate


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