intermediate

adjective
in·​ter·​me·​di·​ate | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ət How to pronounce intermediate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce intermediate (audio) \
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 Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is set to begin building the first OpFires intermediate-range missile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army's New Mach 5 Missile Hits Targets at 1,000 Miles in 20 Minutes," 15 Jan. 2021 In an effort to free up some beds in the ICU, the hospital on Monday opened a space previously reserved for postoperative recovery to accommodate intermediate-level COVID-19 patients, since operating rooms are now closed to all but emergency cases. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County hospitals, at the breaking point, turn away ambulances," 29 Dec. 2020 Gravitational waves were also detected from the merging of two black holes that included an intermediate-mass black hole. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The year 2020 in space discoveries," 24 Dec. 2020 If Texas wants to move the ball effectively Friday, Ehlinger will have to be perfect in the short and intermediate passing game. Dallas News, "Texas prediction: Will No. 20 Longhorns keep Big 12 title dreams alive vs. No. 15 Iowa State?," 26 Nov. 2020 Hilton, still looking for his first big day this season, might have to be content making catches in short and intermediate zones to pick up first downs. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 38 things to watch in Colts' national showcase against Packers," 22 Nov. 2020 Opponents have begun to take the deep passing game away from the Jaguars, and South Alabama hasn’t been able to run the ball well enough or make enough plays in the short and intermediate areas to put the ball in the end zone consistently. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "5 things we learned from South Alabama’s 38-10 loss to Louisiana," 15 Nov. 2020 Natarajan, who has long worked on intermediate-mass black hole growth models, collected her latest ideas in a paper posted online on September 19. Quanta Magazine, "Debate Erupts Over How ‘Forbidden’ Black Holes Grow," 3 Nov. 2020 Short-term bonds mature in one to three years, intermediate-term bonds mature in about four to 10 years, and long-term bonds generally mature after more than 10 years. Dallas News, "The Motley Fool: McDonald’s has a profitable business model and growing dividends to boot," 20 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Conveniently, caffeic acid is an intermediate on the pathway that plants use to make lignin, a key component of plant cell walls and a major contributor to the robustness of wood. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Want your flowers to glow? If you’re OK with GMOs, that’s now an option," 30 Apr. 2020 Can easily throw downfield, but also chips away with shorter and intermediate throws. oregonlive, "Jay Butterfield, Oregon Ducks commit and nation’s No. 3 pro-style QB, ‘still locked in’ after Marcus Arroyo departure," 12 Dec. 2019 The price of Brent crude surged 18 percent before falling back to a 12 percent increase; the U.S. benchmark West Texas intermediate climbed 12 percent before easing to a 10 percent gain. Washington Post, "Yemen’s Houthi rebels warn of further attacks on Saudi oil facilities," 16 Sep. 2019 The book is divided into three sections—beginner, intermediate, and advanced/all-level dives. Anna Mazurek, al, "Birmingham magazine’s May culture picks," 8 May 2020 At an elevation of 6000 feet in Colorado Springs, gasoline comes in three flavors: 85 octane (regular), 87 octane (intermediate), and 91 octane (premium). Car and Driver, "Explained: Car and Driver Will Now Take Your Questions, Part Two," 18 Apr. 2020 Accurate on short-to-intermediate throws; inconsistent beyond 10 yards Dalton tends to be very accurate on short-to-intermediate passes but struggles with ball placement farther downfield. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Why Andy Dalton will be a great backup QB for the Dallas Cowboys," 6 May 2020 Participants are then typically divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced driving groups, which run in succession for several hours and sometimes full days. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "A Track Day May Be Just What You Need Right Now," 15 Mar. 2020 The main part of the mountain is small, with about 600 acres of mostly beginner and intermediate runs and seven lifts. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "Top Colorado Ski Resorts," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead of taking deliveries from incoming trucks to intermediate national or state-level warehouses, and then from warehouses to outgoing trucks, cross-docking skips the storage step. Tinglong Dai, Quartz, "What vaccine distribution planners can learn from Amazon and Walmart," 16 Dec. 2020 Washington state issues intermediate driver licenses to teens under 18 with restrictions: For the first six months, the driver can not have passengers under 20 years old except for immediate family members. oregonlive, "Teen passenger dies as car collides with a pickup in Vancouver intersection," 16 Nov. 2020 Brees intermediate right to Harris for 18 yards; 1st down The Saints went back to the well on the next drive, this time in significant need of a score. Jeff Nowak | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "How this Saints play design, Deonte Harris delivered in huge moments against Panthers," 30 Oct. 2020 The deep ball and the explosive plays aside, the Colts might need to just lean into what Hilton has been doing in the passing game, making the kinds of short to intermediate catches that keep the chains moving. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts WR T.Y. Hilton wants to produce more explosive plays, 'game-changers'," 15 Oct. 2020 The Chiefs sat on a lot of the Ravens' short to intermediate crossing routes. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston’s report card: Position-by-position-grades for Ravens’ 34-20 loss to Chiefs | COMMENTARY," 28 Sep. 2020 The Browns will probably rely on the short to intermediate passing but will occasionally take long shots down the field. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Browns have gone silent, but remain dangerous for Ravens | COMMENTARY," 12 Sep. 2020 As the practice progressed, the veteran got going, completing 19 of 29 throws, although a lot of the throws were in the short to intermediate range. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: Marlon Mack stars, Philip Rivers settles in and DL shows up at Lucas Oil," 25 Aug. 2020 If early to intermediate AMD is diagnosed, you may be advised to take special vitamins packed with C, E, zinc, lutein and other nutrients to slow down the damage. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "8 Common Vision Issues and What to Do About Them, According to Eye Doctors," 2 Apr. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for intermediate

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The first known use of intermediate was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

26 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Intermediate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intermediate. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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intermediate

adjective
How to pronounce intermediate (audio)

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 How to pronounce intermediate (audio) \

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.

Other Words from intermediate

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 How to pronounce intermediate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce intermediate (audio) \

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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intermediately adverb

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