intermediate

adjective
in·ter·me·di·ate | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ət \

Definition of intermediate 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : being or occurring at the middle place, stage, or degree or between extremes

2 : of or relating to an intermediate school an intermediate curriculum

intermediate

noun

Definition of intermediate (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : one that is intermediate

3a : a chemical compound synthesized from simpler compounds and usually intended to be used in later syntheses of more complex products

b : a usually short-lived chemical species formed in a reaction as an intermediate step between the starting material and the final product

4 : an automobile larger than a compact but smaller than a full-sized automobile

intermediate

verb
in·ter·me·di·ate | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ˌāt \
intermediated; intermediating; intermediates

Definition of intermediate (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

2 : to act as an intermediate

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Other words from intermediate

Adjective

intermediately adverb
intermediateness noun

Examples of intermediate in a Sentence

Adjective

an intermediate stage of growth I'm taking intermediate French this year.

Noun

she often used her father as an intermediate in arguments with her mother

Verb

if the secretary-general chooses to intermediate in this dispute, he'll need all of his diplomatic skills just to get both sides in the same room
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The new results are on the 67 percent of women at intermediate risk. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Five dead, nearly 200 sick in E. coli outbreak from lettuce. And investigators are stumped.," 3 June 2018 Data on premenopausal women and those younger than 50 who scored at the higher end of the intermediate-risk range,16 to 25, was analyzed separately. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Many women with common breast cancer can safely skip chemo, study says," 3 June 2018 The new results are on the 67 percent of women at intermediate risk. Marilynn Marchione, STAT, "Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds," 3 June 2018 The new results are on the 67 percent of women at intermediate risk. Marilynn Marchione, Houston Chronicle, "Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds," 3 June 2018 The new results are on the 67 percent of women at intermediate risk. Fox News, "Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds," 3 June 2018 Of the 9,717 women, 6,711, or 67 percent, had test scores indicating an intermediate risk of recurrence — their score was 11 to 25. Linda Carroll /, NBC News, "Many women with early breast cancer may not need chemo, study finds," 3 June 2018 The new results are on the 67 percent of women at intermediate risk. CBS News, "Many breast cancer patients can safely skip chemotherapy, major study finds," 3 June 2018 Last year, Trump huddled with advisers at Mar-a-Lago after North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Has Trump turned Air Force One into a perk for Mar-a-Lago members?," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here’s how the numbers compare for the time periods of a 25-year long run, 17- and 15-year intermediate runs, and eight- and five-year short runs. Wes Moss, ajc, "Wes Moss: What you need to remember when navigating choppy markets," 22 May 2018 Conger came up short of his seed times of 14.32 in the high hurdles and 38.71 in the intermediate, but should contend for a state medal in both. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Conger's hunger: Sam Conger qualifies for state in three events to lift Batavia to second place in sectional," 19 May 2018 Earnings rose in all three Dow segments, with packaging and plastics business up 17 percent, performance materials and coatings unit up 31 percent, and the industrial intermediates and infrastructure segment gaining 28 percent. Bloomberg, Houston Chronicle, "DowDupont earnings jump," 3 May 2018 In countries providing more of an intermediate or limited offer of child care or parental leave, grandparents tended to care for children on a weekly basis, the study found. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "The costs of child care around the world," 25 Apr. 2018 Very good experience in a pro-style system and touch on short-to-intermediate throws. cleveland.com, "NFL Draft 2018: Todd McShay's 10-year track record rating quarterbacks," 24 Apr. 2018 They were awarded to teachers at Killingly's Central, Memorial, intermediate, and high schools. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Killingly Teachers Receive FOLK Awards," 28 Mar. 2018 But the process of translating DNA into protein goes through an RNA intermediate. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "A gene that keeps track of how often it’s made into a protein," 14 Jan. 2018 Beginning classes are held at 8:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and intermediate and performing classes are at 10 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Encinitas looking for Senior of the Year...and more community news," 8 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Play is appropriate for beginner to intermediate players. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's 45 ways you can have fun this summer in the Germantown-Menomonee Falls area," 21 May 2018 Supply disruptions during the fearsome hurricane season explain part of the slump: The wholesalers that have intermediated the U.S. beer industry and customers since Prohibition ran down inventory. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Big Beer’s U.S. Problem Just Got Bigger," 26 Oct. 2017 C All Ages meets are open to swimmers registered with USA Swimming and are generally intended for beginner to intermediate swimmers. Dan Hammonds, Ramona Sentinel, "Swimmers work on technique, turns and speed," 10 July 2017 One of Kepler’s other big surprises was a profusion of planets intermediate in size between Earth and Neptune. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Kepler telescope catalogs hundreds of new alien worlds, some potentially habitable," 19 June 2017 Open to intermediate and advanced level instrumentalists and vocalists, this ensemble program culminates in a showcase concert with exciting arrangements and original compositions. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "SFJAZZ releases blockbuster 2017-18 season lineup," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of intermediate

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for intermediate

Adjective

Middle English, from Medieval Latin intermediatus, from Latin intermedius, from inter- + medius mid, middle — more at mid

Verb

Medieval Latin intermediatus, past participle of intermediare, from Latin inter- + Late Latin mediare to mediate

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intermediate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intermediate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: occurring in the middle of a process or series

: relating to or having the knowledge or skill of someone who is more advanced than a beginner but not yet an expert

intermediate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intermediate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who has the knowledge or skill of someone who is more advanced than a beginner but not yet an expert

intermediate

adjective
in·ter·me·di·ate | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ət \

Kids Definition of intermediate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being or occurring in the middle of a series or between extremes The car was of intermediate size.

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intermediately adverb

intermediate

noun

Kids Definition of intermediate (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone or something that is in the middle of a series or between extremes Instruction is offered for beginners and intermediates.

intermediate

adjective
in·ter·me·di·ate | \ ˌint-ər-ˈmēd-ē-ət \

Medical Definition of intermediate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: being or occurring at the middle place, stage, or degree or between extremes the remaining subjects progressed to some intermediate stage of disease —R. R. Redfield et al

intermediate

noun

Medical Definition of intermediate (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is intermediate especially : a chemical compound synthesized from simpler compounds and usually intended to be used in later syntheses of more complex products pharmaceutical intermediates

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intermediate

adjective
in·ter·me·di·ate | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ət \

Legal Definition of intermediate 

1 : being or occurring at the middle place, stage, or degree or between extremes an intermediate order

2 : of, relating to, or being a level of judicial scrutiny to ensure equal protection of the laws that is applied to a statute involving classification of persons and that is more intensive than the rational basis test and not as severe as strict scrutiny intermediate review intermediate scrutiny

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