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Definition someone who acts as a link between two others who don't talk directly — such as a realtor between a buyer and seller, or a friend between two people so angry they will not speak with each other
  • Officially, North and South Korea were not talking at the time, but they were using the French as an unofficial intermediary to keep the lines of communication open.
intermediary = someone who acts as a link between two others who don't talk directly
  • The witness said he paid the bribe to an intermediary and never spoke with the congressman.
  • intermediary = someone who acts as a link between two others who don't talk directly
  • A Mr. Whymper, a solicitor living in Willingdon, had agreed to act as intermediary between Animal Farm and the outside world, and would visit the farm every Monday morning to receive his instructions.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • intermediary = someone who acts as a link between two others who do not meet with each other directly
  • He knows the peril to the race when our dead father, who goes as intermediary, waits and waits and knows he is betrayed.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King's Horseman
  • They made Tutsis (and in Burundi, both Tutsis and a small princely class) into their intermediaries.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Perhaps you could act as an intermediary?
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Protestants practice confession, too, though a little less formally, often confiding in God without an intermediary.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Through an intermediary, I'd guess.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • All my client asks is for me to be the only intermediary.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Dinners at night were eaten in silence, and if either of them required anything of the other, David or his mother were impressed as intermediaries.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • His information was conveyed through a series of intermediaries to the chief of the CIA's Moscow station.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Through intermediaries he went on the closed international market and sold to the highest bidder.'
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Others so that God would not take the disdain for His intermediary as a personal insult.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • When he needed anything he used Kochu Maria or Baby Kochamma as intermediaries.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Many people make somewhat similar estimates, and are surprised to learn that only five intermediaries will — on average — suffice.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Toward the end of 1959, Mundt informed his London masters that he had found within the Praesidium a man who would act as intermediary between them and Mundt.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • The presence of the secretary as an intermediary was, he judged, essential in this case.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • I remember the day the intermediary handed it to me.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • His wife, Nfvea, preferred to deal with God without benefit of intermediaries.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Through intermediaries.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity

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