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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
in•ter•me•di•ate1 /ˌɪntɚˈmidiɪt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. being, located, or acting between two points, stages, things, persons, etc.:intermediate steps in a procedure.
  2. Educationof or relating to an intermediate school or grade, between primary school and high school.
  3. between the levels of beginner and advanced:an intermediate-level textbook.
See -medi-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
in•ter•me•di•ate1  (in′tər mēdē it),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. being, situated, or acting between two points, stages, things, persons, etc.:the intermediate steps in a procedure.
  2. of or pertaining to an intermediate school.
  3. Automotivemid-size.

  1. a person who acts between others;
  2. something intermediate, as a form or class.
  3. Chemistrya derivative of the initial material formed before the desired product of a chemical process.
in′ter•medi•ate•ly, adv. 
in′ter•medi•ate•ness, n. 
  • Medieval Latin intermediātus, equivalent. to Latin intermedi(us) intermediary (inter- inter- + medius middle, in the middle) + -ātus -ate1
  • 1615–25

in•ter•me•di•ate2  (in′tər mēdē āt′),USA pronunciation v.i.,  -at•ed, -at•ing. 
  1. to act as an intermediary; intervene;
in′ter•medi•a′tor, n. 
in•ter•me•di•a•to•ry  (in′tər mēdē ə tôr′ē, -tōr′ē),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Medieval Latin intermediātus, past participle of intermediāre. See inter-, mediate
  • 1600–10

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

intermediate adj /ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪɪt/
  1. occurring or situated between two points, extremes, places, etc; in between
  2. (of a class, course, etc) suitable for learners with some degree of skill or competence
n /ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪɪt/
  1. something intermediate
  2. a substance formed during one of the stages of a chemical process before the desired product is obtained
vb /ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪˌeɪt/
  1. (intransitive) to act as an intermediary or mediator
Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin intermediāre to intervene, from Latin inter- + medius middle

ˌinterˈmediacy, ˌinterˈmediateness n ˌinterˈmediately adv ˌinterˌmediˈation n ˌinterˈmediˌator n


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