What does intermediate mean?

Definitions for intermediateˌɪn tərˈmi diˌeɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intermediate(adj)

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

  2. intermediate(adj)

    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, medium(verb)

    around the middle of a scale of evaluation

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

  4. intercede, mediate, intermediate, liaise, arbitrate(verb)

    act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

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


  1. Intermediate(a.)

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

  2. Intermediate(n.)

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

  3. Intermediate(n.)

    Something that is intermediate.

  4. Intermediate(n.)

    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. intermediate(Noun)

    Anything in an intermediate position.

  2. intermediate(Noun)

    An intermediary.

  3. intermediate(Noun)

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

  4. intermediate(Verb)

    to mediate, to be an intermediate

  5. intermediate(Verb)

    to arrange, in the manner of a broker

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

  6. intermediate(Adjective)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intermediate(adj)

    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. Intermediate(verb)

    to come between; to intervene; to interpose

  3. Origin: [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 degree, shade, tone or point between one thing and another as defined.

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

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Johnston:

    We're heading into probably an intermediate correction.

  2. Norman Brenner:

    The intermediate stage between socialism and capitalism is alcoholism.

  3. Steven Davis:

    The satellite remains in a stable intermediate orbit since experiencing the anomaly.

  4. Ford Otosan:

    As it was not possible to supply parts from intermediate product makers in Bursa, the preplanned extra working shift has been cancelled.

  5. Goldman Sachs:

    We believe that should West Texas Intermediate prices remain near $60 a barrel, U.S. producers will ramp up activity, given improved returns.

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