in·​ter·​me·​di·​a·​tion | \ ˌin-tər-ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce intermediation (audio) \

Definition of intermediation

: the act of coming between : intervention, mediation

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Recent Examples on the Web Google extracts approximately 40% of the total ad spend through its intermediation services, part of which would otherwise go to publishers and advertisers. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "How Instagram became an engine of e-commerce," 19 May 2020 Put another way, has Germany’s largest bank really freed itself from its toxic past and found a way to live in a milk-and-water world of low interest rates and dull-but-worthy credit intermediation? Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "Amid mounting losses and layoffs, Deutsche Bank stages an unlikely comeback," 4 Feb. 2020 Kindleberger observed that the U.S. financial system was providing an important financial intermediation service to the world. David Beckworth, National Review, "Why the U.S. Dollar Will Remain Strong," 22 Aug. 2019 Time and again, financial innovation has given rise to types of financial intermediation that operate outside the regulatory framework, often bringing lower costs, better services, or more choice. Timothy Massad, Fortune, "Is Facebook Libra a Betrayal of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Vision?," 15 July 2019 But still, something gets lost in the intermediation. Simone Stolzoff,, "Who needs neighbors when there’s an app for everything?," 21 June 2019 Perhaps Omni’s new model will introduce some neighbors to local shops, but the intermediation of an app might change the timbre of the relationship. Simone Stolzoff,, "Who needs neighbors when there’s an app for everything?," 21 June 2019 This intermediation would also put pressure on banks to pay higher interest rates to depositors. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Narrow Odds for Narrow Banks," 12 Sep. 2018 America’s banks play a crucial role in global financial intermediation, helping to propagate changes in sentiment around the world. The Economist, "Rate rises affect global markets—and may feed back to America," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of intermediation

1602, in the meaning defined above

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“Intermediation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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