Fluent vs Intermediate - What's the difference?

fluent | intermediate |

As adjectives the difference between fluent and intermediate

is that fluent is that flows; flowing, liquid while intermediate is being between two extremes, or in the middle of a range.

As a noun intermediate is

anything in an intermediate position.

As a verb intermediate is

to mediate, to be an intermediate.




(en adjective)
  • That flows; flowing, liquid.
  • fluent handwriting
  • *, II.12:
  • For time is a fleeting thing, and which appeareth as in a shadow, with the matter ever gliding, alwaies fluent , without ever being stable or permanent.
  • (linguistics) Able to speak a language accurately, rapidly, and confidently – in a flowing way.
  • Usage notes

    In casual use, “fluency” refers to language proficiency'' broadly, while in narrow use it refers to speaking a language ''flowingly, rather than haltingly.


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    (en adjective)
  • Being between two extremes, or in the middle of a range.
  • {{quote-Fanny Hill, part=3 , which covered his belly to the navel and gave it the air of a flesh brush; and soon I felt it joining close to mine, when he had drove the nail up to the head, and left no partition but the intermediate hair on both sides.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The machine of a new soul , passage=The yawning gap in neuroscientists’ understanding of their topic is in the intermediate scale of the brain’s anatomy. Science has a passable knowledge of how individual nerve cells, known as neurons, work. It also knows which visible lobes and ganglia of the brain do what. But how the neurons are organised in these lobes and ganglia remains obscure.}}


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    (en noun)
  • Anything in an intermediate position.
  • An intermediary.
  • (chemistry) Any substance formed as part of a series of chemical reactions that is not the end-product.
  • Verb

  • to mediate, to be an intermediate
  • to arrange, in the manner of a broker
  • Central banks need to regulate the entities that intermediate monetary transactions.

    Derived terms

    * intermediation *