intermediary

noun
in·​ter·​me·​di·​ary | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce intermediary (audio) \
plural intermediaries

Definition of intermediary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : an intermediate form, product, or stage

intermediary

adjective

Definition of intermediary (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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

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 Adjective the bridal couple were regally ensconced in intermediary seats at the head table
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The same is true if the booking is made through a travel agent as intermediary. Roxanne Bland, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Foxx had acted as an early intermediary between Smollett's family and the Chicago Police Department, according to a statement released by her office. Chris Francescani, ABC News, 29 Nov. 2021 DigiFarm in Kenya facilitates access to lower-cost supplies and potential buyers without an intermediary; Nigerian startup Zenvus analyzes soil data and advises farmers on the best fertilizing and irrigation methods. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Nov. 2021 To my knowledge, no wealthy investor or intermediary has ever been sued for simply disclosing the contents of a PE prospectus. Edward Siedle, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 In 1980, one of Fredericks’s closest colleagues at Bennington, Bernard Malamud, offers to act as an intermediary with F.S.G., which publishes Malamud’s novels. Benjamin Anastas, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 However, Jenkins said, an intermediary then informed her Boudin had agreed to the public defender’s request to find Gudino insane without discussing the case with her. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Oct. 2021 Initially, Pina acted as an intermediary, finding Benedetto Ceraulo to serve as the gunman and Orazio Cicala, a local pizzeria owner saddled with debts, as the getaway driver. Robert Daniels, Vulture, 25 Nov. 2021 What the military customer needs, Gray says, is an intermediary that can take software the commercial sector offers and adapt it to the special needs of the government. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The fact that friendlessness is on the rise seems to be a function, in part, of the wasting away of these intermediary institutions in civil society. Damon Linker, The Week, 30 June 2021 Other scientists, however, say Chan deserves credit for challenging the view that the virus almost certainly moved to humans from bats through an intermediary host animal. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Nov. 2021 An intermediary solution would expand partnerships with the nonprofits Jovenes and Economic Roundtable, which help homeless students find housing. Colleen Shalby Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2021 The federal government currently lavishes subsidies on one type of intermediary standing between high school and a good first job: accredited colleges and universities. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Austin Cox reached out to the Tribune through an intermediary Tuesday to deliver one-word answers to those questions. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 Most donor resources go to intermediary non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in the northern hemisphere, the report says, describing the system as one that is designed to make African institutions forever dependent on international donors. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 28 Sep. 2021 On Wednesday, Boudin had an intermediary fire him, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Oct. 2021 Arkansas consistently rushed three defenders and dropped the other eight, daring Calzada to beat them in the intermediary game. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of intermediary

Noun

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intermediary was in 1777

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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 How to pronounce intermediary (audio) \
plural intermediaries

Kids Definition of intermediary

intermediary

noun
in·​ter·​me·​di·​ary | \ ˌint-ər-ˈmēd-ē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce intermediary (audio) \
plural intermediaries

Medical Definition of intermediary

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

Other Words from intermediary

intermediary adjective

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

Other Words from intermediary

intermediary adjective

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