Meaning of “intermediary” in the English Dictionary

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"intermediary" in British English

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intermediarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌɪn.təˈmiː.di.ə.ri/ us /ˌɪn.t̬ɚˈmiː.di.ə.ri/

someone who carries messages between people who are unwilling or unable to meet:

The police negotiated with the gunman through an intermediary.
The former president has agreed to act as an intermediary between the government and the rebels.

(Definition of “intermediary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"intermediary" in American English

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intermediarynoun [ C ]

us /ˌɪn·tərˈmid·iˌer·i/

someone who acts to arrange an agreement between people who are unwilling or unable to communicate directly

(Definition of “intermediary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"intermediary" in Business English

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intermediarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌɪntəˈmiːdiəri/ us plural intermediaries

a person or organization that makes business or financial arrangements between companies or organizations that do not deal with each other directly:

Global sourcing often creates additional intermediaries, such as foreign distributors, brokers, freight forwarders, and customs clearing agents.
act/serve as an intermediary between sb/sth and sb/sth Insurance brokers act as intermediaries between companies that are seeking insurance and companies that provide such coverage.
through/via an intermediary The bank has three million customers and provides loans via intermediaries such as high street stores.
an insurance/market/mortgage intermediary
intermediary markets/buyers

(Definition of “intermediary” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)