intermediary

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noun

in·​ter·​me·​di·​ary ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce intermediary (audio)
plural intermediaries
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: an intermediate form, product, or stage

intermediary

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adjective

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: 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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Leonard’s skipper These butterflies can be intermediaries between butterflies and moths. Mariyam Muhammad, The Enquirer, 9 July 2024 The report signals a significant intensification of scrutiny into the business practice of PBMs, the opaque intermediaries in the center of the pharmaceutical distribution system. Nathaniel Weixel, The Hill, 9 July 2024
Adjective
Istanbul has become an important hub for medical and health-related services, including consultancy, accommodation, and intermediary services. Kody Boye, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2024 The retail chain snagged Ellison after his intermediary stint as chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for intermediary 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of intermediary was in 1777

Dictionary Entries Near intermediary

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“Intermediary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intermediary. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

intermediary

adjective
in·​ter·​me·​di·​ary
ˌint-ər-ˈmēd-ē-ˌer-ē
1
: intermediate
an intermediary stage
2
: acting as a mediator
intermediary agent
intermediary noun

Medical Definition

intermediary

noun
in·​ter·​me·​di·​ary ˌint-ər-ˈmēd-ē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce intermediary (audio)
plural intermediaries
1
2
: an intermediate form, product, or stage
intermediary adjective

Legal Definition

intermediary

noun
in·​ter·​me·​di·​ary
ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ˌer-ē
plural intermediaries
: one that acts as a means or go-between in a matter involving other parties
a reinsurance intermediary
see also learned intermediary
intermediary adjective

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