Definition of medium adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmiːdiəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːdiəm//
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  •  [usually before noun] (abbreviation M) in the middle between two sizes, amounts, lengths, temperatures, etc. synonym average a medium-size car/business/town a man of medium height/build There are three sizes—small, medium and large. a medium steak (= one cooked quite well but not too much) Cook over a medium heat for 15 minutes. a medium dry white wine Choose medium to large tomatoes.
  • Word Originlate 16th cent. (originally denoting something intermediate in nature or degree): from Latin, literally ‘middle’, neuter of medius.Idioms
    in the long/short/medium term
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    used to describe what will happen a long, short, etc. time in the future Such a development seems unlikely, at least in the short term (= it will not happen for quite a long time). In the longer term, children of depressed mothers are more likely to suffer from childhood depression.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: medium