Dictionary

1intermediate

adjective in·ter·me·di·ate \ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ət\

: occurring in the middle of a process or series

: relating to or having the knowledge or skill of someone who is more advanced than a beginner but not yet an expert

Full Definition of INTERMEDIATE

1
:  being or occurring at the middle place, stage, or degree or between extremes
2
:  of or relating to an intermediate school <an intermediate curriculum>
in·ter·me·di·ate·ly adverb
in·ter·me·di·ate·ness noun

Examples of INTERMEDIATE

  1. an intermediate stage of growth
  2. I'm taking intermediate French this year.

Origin of INTERMEDIATE

Middle English, from Medieval Latin intermediatus, from Latin intermedius, from inter- + medius mid, middle — more at mid
First Known Use: 15th century

2intermediate

noun

: a person who has the knowledge or skill of someone who is more advanced than a beginner but not yet an expert

Full Definition of INTERMEDIATE

1
:  one that is intermediate
3
a :  a chemical compound synthesized from simpler compounds and usually intended to be used in later syntheses of more complex products
b :  a usually short-lived chemical species formed in a reaction as an intermediate step between the starting material and the final product
4
:  an automobile larger than a compact but smaller than a full-sized automobile

Examples of INTERMEDIATE

  1. <she often used her father as an intermediate in arguments with her mother>

First Known Use of INTERMEDIATE

1650

3intermediate

verb in·ter·me·di·ate \-dē-ˌāt\

Definition of INTERMEDIATE

intransitive verb
2
:  to act as an intermediate

Examples of INTERMEDIATE

  1. <if the secretary-general chooses to intermediate in this dispute, he'll need all of his diplomatic skills just to get both sides in the same room>

Origin of INTERMEDIATE

Medieval Latin intermediatus, past participle of intermediare, from Latin inter- + Late Latin mediare to mediate
First Known Use: 1610
INTERMEDIATE Defined for Kids

1intermediate

adjective in·ter·me·di·ate \ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ət\

Definition of INTERMEDIATE for Kids

:  being or occurring in the middle of a series or between extremes <The car was of intermediate size.>
in·ter·me·di·ate·ly adverb

2intermediate

noun

Definition of INTERMEDIATE for Kids

:  someone or something that is in the middle of a series or between extremes <Instruction is offered for beginners and intermediates.>
June 30, 2015
disinformation Hear it
false information deliberately spread
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears