intermediary

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

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

The discovery of these new intermediary species, which filled in the spotty fossil record, triggered a change in how paleontologists conceived of the dinosaur-to-bird transition. Quanta Magazine, "How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds," 2 June 2015 Social media influencers are often one-person businesses, but a whole ecosystem of intermediary actors has developed around them. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "A whole ecosystem of companies influences the influencers," 10 June 2019 In essence, Apple is adding an extra intermediary step, making sure the app doesn’t know your email and that third parties can’t combine data to get a picture of your activity across multiple apps. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Apple’s new sign-in button is built for a post-Cambridge Analytica world," 8 June 2019 The technology sector was previously a strong source of demand but declined to fifth in sectors looking for workers, while intermediary services, education and pharmaceutical industries were looking for the most workers. Bloomberg.com, "It Looks Like the Worst Chinese Labor Market Since 2015," 26 Apr. 2019 The New York Fed’s Fedwire system, which handles large dollar payments, was critical to the conspiracy, according to the lawsuit, allowing the money to quickly move to the intermediary banks. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Bangladesh Bank Sues Filipino Lender in U.S. Court Over Hack Heist," 4 Feb. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Also, insurance intermediaries could receive 100% foreign direct investment. Washington Post, "India eyes bigger investments in aviation, media, insurance," 6 July 2019 Burroughs was an ethereal intermediary between here and the fiery beyond, pausing to give us the purgatorial skinny. Alexander C. Kafka, Houston Chronicle, "How David Bowie, Jimmy Page, Patti Smith and other musicians fell for William S. Burroughs," 29 June 2019 Dembele would likely generate a huge sum, and TEAMtalk claim that intermediaries working on behalf of Barcelona have given Liverpool the go-ahead to pursue a deal. SI.com, "Barcelona Offer Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool to Raise Funds for Antoine Griezmann & Neymar Pursuits," 18 June 2019 The New York Times documented at least a hundred and forty contacts by Trump and eighteen of his associates with Russian nationals and WikiLeaks, or their intermediaries, during the 2016 campaign. Ben Bradlee Jr., The New Yorker, "How Collusion Confusion Helps Trump," 12 June 2019 These included the messenger RNAs (mRNAs) that are intermediaries in the translation of DNA into proteins, as well as the small molecules called microRNAs that affect gene expression. Quanta Magazine, "Cells Talk in a Language That Looks Like Viruses," 2 May 2018 For something like a lithium-ion battery, the intermediaries of these reactions—electrons and ions—immediately flow from one electrode to another, and the key chemicals spend almost all their time at the electrodes. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make a robotic fish with a battery for blood," 19 June 2019 By positioning itself as a powerful intermediary between the realms of education and government, the College Board has too much control over how the one translates into the other. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, "The College Board Hopes to Profit from “Adversity”," 6 June 2019 The request was turned down because the think tank, the Center for the National Interest, didn’t want to be seen as an intermediary between the Russian government and the incoming administration, according to the report. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Mueller Report Sheds Light on Russia’s Concerns Over U.S. Sanctions," 19 Apr. 2019

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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 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

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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

Other Words from intermediary

intermediary adjective

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