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intermediate

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

Simple Definition of intermediate

  • : 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. 1 :  being or occurring at the middle place, stage, or degree or between extremes

  2. 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


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intermediate

noun in·ter·me·di·ate

Simple Definition of intermediate

  • : 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. 1 :  one that is intermediate

  2. 2 :  mediator, go-between

  3. 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. 4 :  an automobile larger than a compact but smaller than a full-sized automobile


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intermediate

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verb in·ter·me·di·ate \-dē-ˌāt\

Definition of intermediate

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  intervene, interpose

  3. 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



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