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

FRI Introductory hustle lesson, no partner or experience needed, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate lesson, 8:15 p.m.; dance hustle, swing, cha-cha, nightclub two-step and more, 9 p.m. Friday, Juanita Community Club, 13027 100th Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Swedish pancake breakfast, Puyallup Home & Garden Show, ice-skating," 2 Jan. 2019 Experts believe leaving the treaty would allow the U.S. to develop intermediate-range missiles to counter China. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U.S. Is Quitting a Key Nuclear Weapons Treaty," 5 Dec. 2018 Russia has charged that U.S. missile defense facilities in Romania could be modified to house ground-to-ground intermediate-range cruise missiles. Fox News, "Treaty exits and extensions top Trump adviser's Moscow talks," 23 Oct. 2018 Wyoming Jackson Hole The mountain has also been extending its reach to beginner and intermediate skiers, with 50 percent of the acreage groomed for those levels. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 Sun’s sentence, handed down by the intermediate court in the northern port city of Tianjin, appears to end a career that had once been seen as propelling him to the apex of power. Christopher Bodeen, BostonGlobe.com, "China hands former political high-flyer life sentence for graft," 9 May 2018 Sun's sentence handed down Tuesday by the intermediate court in the northern port city of Tianjin appears to mark the end of a career that had once been seen as propelling him to the apex of power in the ruling Communist Party. Fox News, "China politician Sun Zhengcai sentenced to life for graft," 7 May 2018 Vance’s office appealed and the conviction was reinstated by an intermediate appellate court. Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg.com, "Ex-Goldman Sachs Programmer’s Conviction Upheld in New York," 3 May 2018 Prosecutors appealed to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state's intermediate appeals court. Lawrence Specker, AL.com, "A different bonus: Yellawood company putting Trump tax break into benefits," 29 Mar. 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.

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 \

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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