What does Intermediate mean?

Definitions for Intermediate
ˌɪn tərˈmi diˌeɪtin·ter·me·di·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intermediateadjective

    a substance formed during a chemical process before the desired product is obtained

  2. intermediateadjective

    lying between two extremes in time or space or state

    "going from sitting to standing without intermediate pushes with the hands"; "intermediate stages in a process"; "intermediate stops on the route"; "an intermediate range plane"

  3. average, intermediate, mediumverb

    around the middle of a scale of evaluation

    "an orange of average size"; "intermediate capacity"; "medium bombers"

  4. intercede, mediate, intermediate, liaise, arbitrateverb

    act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

    "He interceded in the family dispute"; "He mediated a settlement"


  1. Intermediateadjective

    Hence: Of or pertaining to an intermediate school; as, intermediate education.

  2. Intermediatenoun

    A person who intermediates between others, especially in negotiations; an intermediary; a mediator.

  3. Intermediatenoun

    Something that is intermediate.

  4. Intermediatenoun

    Specifically: (Chem.) A compound which is produced in the course of a chemical synthesis, which is not itself the final product, but is used in further reactions which produce the final product; also called synthetic intermediate, intermediate compound or intermediate product; -- contrasted to starting material and end product or final product. There may be many different intermediates between the starting material and end product in the course of a complex synthesis; as, many industrial chemicals are produced primarily to be used as intermediates in other syntheses. The term has the same meaning with respect to intermediate compounds produced in a biosynthetic pathway in living organisms.


  1. intermediatenoun

    Anything in an intermediate position.

  2. intermediatenoun

    An intermediary.

  3. intermediatenoun

    Any substance formed as part of a series of chemical reactions that is not the end-product.

  4. intermediateverb

    to mediate, to be an intermediate

  5. intermediateverb

    to arrange, in the manner of a broker

    Central banks need to regulate the entities that intermediate monetary transactions.

  6. intermediateadjective

    Being between two extremes, or in the middle of a range.

  7. Etymology: From intermediatus, past participle of intermediare, from inter + mediare; also intermedius

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Intermediateadjective

    Intervening; interposed; holding the middle place or degree between two extremes.

    Etymology: intermediat, Fr. inter and medius, Lat.

    Do not the most refrangible rays excite the shortest vibrations for making a sensation of a deep violet, the least refrangible the largest for making a sensation of deep red, and the several intermediate sorts of rays, vibrations of several intermediate bignesses, to make sensations of the several intermediate colours? Isaac Newton, Opt.

    An animal consists of solid and fluid parts, unless one should reckon some of an intermediate nature as fat and phlegm. Arb.

    Those general natures, which stand between the nearest and most remote, are called intermediate. Isaac Watts.


  1. intermediate

    Intermediate can refer to something that is between two extremes or categories. It can also describe something that is in the middle stage, level, or position in a progression or series. In general, intermediate suggests a middle point or level between two distinct points or levels.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intermediateadjective

    lying or being in the middle place or degree, or between two extremes; coming or done between; intervening; interposed; interjacent; as, an intermediate space or time; intermediate colors

  2. Intermediateverb

    to come between; to intervene; to interpose

  3. Etymology: [Pref. inter- + mediate: cf. F. intermdiat.]


  1. Intermediate

    The intermediate user level indicates that a topic is intended for users who have moved beyond basic concepts and functionality but have not yet reached the advanced level.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intermediate

    in-tėr-mē′di-āt, adj. in the middle between: intervening—also Intermē′diary, Intermē′dial.—ns. Intermē′diacy, state of being intermediate; Intermē′diary, an intermediate agent.—adv. Intermē′diately.—n. Intermediā′tion, act of intermediating; Intermē′dium, a medium between: an intervening agent or instrument.

Editors Contribution

  1. intermediate

    A moderate level or point.

    The color purple is an intermediate color between red and blue.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2016  


  1. Intermediate

    lying between others in position or possessing characters between two other forms.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Intermediate' in Adjectives Frequency: #865

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Intermediate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Intermediate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Intermediate in a Sentence

  1. John Johnston:

    We're heading into probably an intermediate correction.

  2. Richard Hastings:

    Tuesday oil trading action is dominated by transitions to the December contract for West Texas Intermediate. Price action is undecided, nearly directionless, monday was pretty bearish, and this morning's trades suggest there is nothing to offset that mood today.

  3. Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete:

    European countries are fighting for a long-term goal ...but we need an intermediate target (for the long-term goal) by 2050 to act as a benchmark to see how are performing.

  4. Pensions Committee:

    Such gaps include the failure to identify the original host reservoir, the failure to identify a candidate intermediate host species and the lack of serological or epidemiological evidence showing transmission from animals to humans, among others outlined in this report. As a result of these evidentiary gaps, it is hard to treat the natural zoonotic spillover theory as the presumptive origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  5. Valeria Bordone:

    The intermediate model is represented by most of the western European countries and the Czech Republic, where grandparents are strongly involved in child care but with a lower frequency than in the Mediterranean model and higher than in the Scandinavian countries, in these countries, characterized by levels of policy support that are in between the other two models, grandparental child care is complementary to public policies rather than substituting them.

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