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intermediary

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

Definition of intermediary

  1. 1 :  intermediate

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

Examples of intermediary in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of intermediary from the Web

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Did You Know?

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.

First Known Use of intermediary

1777


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intermediary

noun in·ter·me·di·ary

Definition of intermediary

plural

intermediaries

  1. 1a :  mediator, go-betweenb :  medium, means

  2. 2 :  an intermediate form, product, or stage

Examples of intermediary in a Sentence

  1. He served as an intermediary between the workers and the executives.

  2. in the past he's served as an intermediary in several hostage situations

Recent Examples of intermediary from the Web

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First Known Use of intermediary

1791


INTERMEDIARY Defined for English Language Learners

intermediary

noun

Definition of intermediary for English Language Learners

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


INTERMEDIARY Defined for Kids

intermediary

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noun in·ter·me·di·ary \ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ˌer-ē\

Definition of intermediary for Students

plural

intermediaries


Medical Dictionary

intermediary

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noun in·ter·me·di·ary \ˌint-ər-ˈmēd-ē-ˌer-ē\

Medical Definition of intermediary

plural

intermediaries

  1. 1:  mediator

  2. 2:  an intermediate form, product, or stage

intermediary

adjective

Law Dictionary

intermediary

noun in·ter·me·di·ary \ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ˌer-ē\

Legal Definition of intermediary

plural

intermediaries

  1. :  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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