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intermediate

adjective in·ter·me·di·ate \ ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ət \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of intermediate

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

intermediately

adverb

intermediateness

noun

Examples of intermediate in a Sentence

  1. an intermediate stage of growth

  2. I'm taking intermediate French this year.

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Origin and Etymology of intermediate

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


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intermediate

noun

Definition of intermediate

1 : one that is intermediate
3 a : 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

Examples of intermediate in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of intermediate

1650


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intermediate

verb in·ter·me·di·ate \ ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ˌāt \

Definition of intermediate

intransitive verb
2 : to act as an intermediate

Examples of intermediate in a Sentence

  1. 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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Origin and Etymology of intermediate

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


INTERMEDIATE Defined for English Language Learners

intermediate

adjective

Definition of intermediate for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of intermediate for English Language Learners

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


INTERMEDIATE Defined for Kids

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intermediate

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

Definition of intermediate for Students

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

intermediately

adverb

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intermediate

noun

Definition of intermediate for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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intermediate

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

medical Definition of intermediate

: 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

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intermediate

noun

medical Definition of intermediate

: 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

Law Dictionary

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

intermediately

adverb


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