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intermediary

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adjective in·ter·me·di·ary \ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ˌer-ē\

Definition of intermediary

  1. 1 :  intermediate

  2. 2 :  acting as a mediator <an intermediary agent> <an intermediary particle>



Examples of intermediary in a sentence

  1. <the bridal couple were regally ensconced in intermediary seats at the head table>



Did You Know?

Since inter- means "between, among", an intermediary is someone who moves back and forth in the middle area between two sides—a "go-between". Mediator (which shares the medi- root) is often a synonym, and so is facilitator; broker and agent are often others. Thus, a real-estate broker or agent shuttles between a house's buyer and seller, who may never even meet each other. Financial intermediation is what happens when you put money in a bank or investment firm, which then invests it in various companies; if you want, you can instead cut out the intermediary and invest the money directly in companies of your own choosing.

1788

First Known Use of intermediary

1788


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intermediary

noun in·ter·me·di·ary

Simple Definition of intermediary

  • : a person who works with opposing sides in an argument or dispute in order to bring about an agreement

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intermediary

plural

intermediaries

  1. 1 a :  mediator, go-between b :  medium, means

  2. 2 :  an intermediate form, product, or stage

Examples of intermediary in a sentence

  1. He served as an intermediary between the workers and the executives.

  2. <in the past he's served as an intermediary in several hostage situations>



1791

First Known Use of intermediary

1791


INTERMEDIARY Defined for Kids

intermediary

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noun in·ter·me·di·ary \ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ˌer-ē\

Definition of intermediary for Students

plural

intermediaries




Medical Dictionary

intermediary

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noun in·ter·me·di·ary \ˌint-ər-ˈmēd-ē-ˌer-ē\

Medical Definition of intermediary

plural

intermediaries

  1. 1:  mediator

  2. 2:  an intermediate form, product, or stage

intermediary

adjective



Law Dictionary

intermediary

noun in·ter·me·di·ary \ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ˌer-ē\

Legal Definition of intermediary

plural

intermediaries

  1. :  one that acts as a means or go-between in a matter involving other parties <a reinsurance intermediary> — see also learned intermediary

intermediary

adjective




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