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

Keene also was sharp finding receivers in intermediate routes in tight spaces. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Breaking down 3-way scrimmage among Highland, Centennial, Chandler," 15 Aug. 2019 But the Ravens say Roman’s offense will also use more short-to-intermediate pass routes to keep defenders off-balance. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Second-year QB Lamar Jackson appears confident and ready to do more for Ravens," 25 July 2019 The fifth floor will serve as centers for cardiovascular, neurology, the ICU and intermediate care, adding 38 additional beds. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Healthcare providers discuss industry’s future in Lake Houston area," 17 Apr. 2018 His touch on the deep ball was evident on an 80-yard score to Ted Ginn Jr. His zip on the intermediate routes found streaking receivers. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "The Golden Touch of Drew Brees Is Back," 7 Jan. 2018 For all that to happen, many intermediate steps must take place. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Countdown begins to Jan. 1 after Pritzker signs bill making marijuana legal in Illinois," 25 June 2019 Waymo is aiming to skip over those intermediate steps and go straight to highway speeds out of the gate. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s ambitious plans for high-speed taxis could be holding it back," 3 Dec. 2018 Upcoming research in the Astrophysical Journal outlines what might happen if a white dwarf encounters an intermediate-mass black hole. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Black Holes Reignite Dead Stars and Turn Them Into Zombies," 30 Aug. 2018 Still, despite the false start in Reykjavik, the negotiations continued, with the elimination of intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe and deep, verified cuts in the strategic arsenals on both sides. The Economist, "Reagan and Gorbachev’s tantalising nuclear talks in Reykjavik," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For example, the palm-nut vulture is an omnivore, and considered intermediate between other vultures and fishing eagles. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vultures will be showcased Labor Day weekend at San Diego Zoo Safari Park," 27 Aug. 2019 The series includes dwarf plants (up to three feet) and intermediates (three to five feet high), and colors such as red, purple, shades of pink and white. Adrian Higgins, Houston Chronicle, "Growers set their sights on developing re-bloomers for the garden," 21 Aug. 2019 East Kentwood’s Mayhue set two meet records at the MITCA team state meet last weekend, going 13.83 in the 110 highs and 37.15 in the 300 intermediates. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "What to watch for at the track and field state championships," 31 May 2018 In applying this crucial second step, these circuit courts have chosen to apply intermediate, rather than strict, scrutiny, which allows the government to engage in a reasonable balancing between public safety and the individual right. John Yoo, National Review, "A Universal-Background-Check Law Would Not Violate the Second Amendment," 9 Aug. 2019 Others looked almost slow compared to Kurka, who carried speed from start to finish and posted the fastest time at every intermediate. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Gold in downhill, silver in super-G for Alaska’s Andrew Kurka," 11 Mar. 2018 Population density is highest in Singapore, intermediate in Germany, lowest in the United States (including California). Jared Diamond, National Geographic, "How the pros and cons of city living vary around the world," 22 June 2019 Hacienda HealthCare's campus on East South Mountain Avenue includes a 60-bed intermediate-care facility, plus a 74-bed skilled-nursing facility. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "What's next for Hacienda HealthCare after '6 to 12' maggots found on patient?," 17 June 2019 Rather than running the whole game remotely, one intermediate option is to use it for tricky calculations that are also relatively insensitive to small delays. The Economist, "Video gaming enters the cloud," 15 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cross-border bank lending booked in Hong Kong has roughly doubled in the past decade, much of it Chinese companies borrowing dollars intermediated through the territory. The Economist, "Hong Kong remains crucially important to mainland China," 8 Aug. 2019 Wall Street firms started out serving their traditional and essential purpose of intermediating capital during the mortgage boom. Daniel J. Arbess, WSJ, "Get Ready for the Next Financial Crisis," 14 Sep. 2018 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 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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