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

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Of the products announced on June 15th, 95% by the value of American imports were capital or intermediate goods. The Economist, "A full-blown trade war between America and China looks likely," 21 June 2018 His biggest issue was struggling to get open on short and intermediate routes on third downs. Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com, "Behind Michael Thomas, Saints' wide receivers a mixed bag in 2017," 19 Feb. 2018 This most recent test predicts what color skin a person has divided into five subtypes: very pale, pale, intermediate, dark and dark to black. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "IUPUI prof develops 'biological witness' test to predict skin, hair & eye color from DNA," 29 May 2018 The intermediate/middle school combination would be similar to the Eubanks Intermediate/Dawson Middle School pairing on Kimball Avenue. Nicholas Sakelaris, star-telegram, "Growth is putting pressure on Carroll schools, but the district has a plan | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 May 2018 This includes deploying intermediate-range cruise missiles in Europe that are banned under the 1987 INF Treaty. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "What Putin Wants From Trump," 12 July 2018 For nearly 15 years after Vietnam, the same divisions arose on issues as distinct as arms control treaties that would restrict the two rivals’ nuclear weapons and whether to deploy intermediate-range nuclear forces in Europe. Jonathan M. Dicicco, Washington Post, "Fifty years ago, American troops abandoned Khe Sanh. Here’s how the U.S. got over ‘Vietnam syndrome.’," 5 July 2018 The auditor found that 11 students who received credit for intermediate algebra had not passed the final exam. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "L.A. Trade-Tech administrators received $157,000 for work they failed to justify, investigation finds," 8 July 2018 With red blooms, Tonto is recognized as a superior performer in the intermediate size category. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "There’s a lot to love about crape myrtles," 6 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'intermediate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about intermediate

Share intermediate

Statistics for intermediate

Last Updated

10 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for intermediate

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for intermediate

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Other Words from intermediate

intermediately adverb

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on intermediate

What made you want to look up intermediate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

something that serves to warn or remind

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!