intermediary

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

Definition of intermediary 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2 : acting as a mediator an intermediary agent an intermediary particle

intermediary

noun
plural intermediaries

Definition of intermediary (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : an intermediate form, product, or stage

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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.

Examples of intermediary in a Sentence

Adjective

the bridal couple were regally ensconced in intermediary seats at the head table

Noun

He served as an intermediary between the workers and the executives. in the past he's served as an intermediary in several hostage situations
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Piero, however, depicts the Virgin’s condition without any intermediary symbols. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "On the Brink of the Savior’s Arrival," 12 Oct. 2018 The Journal traced funds from BTC Global through intermediary wallets to ShapeShift. Shane Shifflett, WSJ, "How Dirty Money Disappears Into the Black Hole of Cryptocurrency," 28 Sep. 2018 Content curators, creatives—these and other intermediary non-roles crop up in everything from journalism to art. Katie Kosma, Longreads, "TPS Reports All Day Long," 12 June 2018 Najib was grilled last month over why an additional 42 million ringgit ($10.6 million) was transferred into his bank account from SRC International, a former unit of the 1MDB fund, using multiple intermediary companies. Washington Post, "Wife of ex-Malaysia PM questioned, new graft scandal unfolds," 5 June 2018 Now imagine a future in which such contracts automate tasks once relegated to lawyers, pencil-pushers, and other intermediary parties. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cyber Saturday—As Blockchain Week Kicks Off, Remember The DAO," 12 May 2018 Sweden has long played an intermediary role between the United States and North Korea, which do not have diplomatic relations. Gerry Mullany, New York Times, "North Korean Envoy in Sweden Amid Planning for Trump-Kim Meeting," 15 Mar. 2018 Any person or entity making an independent expenditure of more than $1,000 would have to disclose original and intermediary sources of the funding. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Tempe election results roll in; incumbents show strong lead," 13 Mar. 2018 That's because once a leader is toppled or challenged, such ideologies provide for no intermediary layers of civil society - between the regime at the top and the tribe and extended family at the bottom - to hold a country together. chicagotribune.com, "Baathism caused the chaos in Iraq and Syria," 7 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From a policy standpoint, broad and unconditional safe harbors are advantageous for internet intermediaries. Tarleton Gillespie, WIRED, "How Social Networks Set the Limits of What We Can Say Online," 26 June 2018 McCarrick was also one of the Vatican's intermediaries in the U.S.-Cuba talks in 2014. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Pope refuses to comment on claims he ignored McCarrick abuse accusations," 27 Aug. 2018 Dennis Rodman is the latest in a long line of middlemen Rodman is far from the first unusual intermediary in U.S. foreign policy. Eric Grynaviski, Washington Post, "So Dennis Rodman may be in Singapore for the summit. That’s not as strange as it sounds.," 9 June 2018 Peer-to-peer or marketplace loan platforms such as LendingClub act as intermediaries, matching online borrowers with investors. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "LendingClub deceived and double-charged borrowers, FTC says in lawsuit; stock dives 15%," 25 Apr. 2018 Hall said, explaining that individuals like Konstantin Kilimnik fit the profile of someone who would be used by a Russian intelligence agency as a low-level intermediary. Susannah George, The Seattle Times, "Trump campaign Russia contacts alarm intelligence experts," 12 Dec. 2018 He has been charged with helping to coordinate Republican activities and will work as an intermediary between Trump’s political operation and GOP campaign committees and candidates, according to people briefed on the move. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Dem divides emerge," 23 May 2018 It was paid for by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign through an intermediary. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Trump Orders Declassification of Intelligence Documents Related to Former Adviser Carter Page," 17 Sep. 2018 The investigation raises questions about the due diligence the commodities firms conducted when selecting the intermediaries, Global Witness said. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Anticorruption Group Accuses Top Commodities Firms of Engaging Risky Middlemen," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of intermediary

Adjective

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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intermediary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intermediary

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

intermediary

noun
in·​ter·​me·​di·​ary | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ˌer-ē \
plural intermediaries

Kids Definition of intermediary

intermediary

noun
in·​ter·​me·​di·​ary | \ ˌint-ər-ˈmēd-ē-ˌer-ē \
plural intermediaries

Medical Definition of intermediary 

1 : mediator
2 : an intermediate form, product, or stage

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intermediary

noun
in·​ter·​me·​di·​ary | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ˌer-ē\
plural intermediaries

Legal Definition of intermediary 

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

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