Meaning of INTERMEDIATE in English

I. ˌin-tər-ˈmē-dē-ət adjective

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

Date: 15th century

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

• in·ter·me·di·ate·ly adverb

• in·ter·me·di·ate·ness noun

II. noun

Date: 1650

1. : one that is intermediate

2. : mediator , go-between


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

III. -dē-ˌāt intransitive verb

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

Date: 1610

1. : intervene , interpose

2. : to act as an intermediate

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