mediate


1me·di·ate

adjective \ˈmē-dē-ət\

Definition of MEDIATE

1
:  occupying a middle position
2
a :  acting through an intervening agency
b :  exhibiting indirect causation, connection, or relation
me·di·a·cy \-dē-ə-sē\ noun
me·di·ate·ly adverb

Examples of MEDIATE

  1. <has a black-and-white view of human nature, believing that there is no mediate state between good and evil>

Origin of MEDIATE

Middle English, from Late Latin mediatus intermediate, from past participle of mediare
First Known Use: 15th century

2me·di·ate

verb \ˈmē-dē-ˌāt\

: to work with opposing sides in an argument or dispute in order to get an agreement ( US )

: to get (something, such as a settlement or agreement) by working with opposing sides in a dispute

: to have an effect or influence in causing (something) to happen

me·di·at·edme·di·at·ing

Full Definition of MEDIATE

transitive verb
1
a :  to bring accord out of by action as an intermediary
b :  to effect by action as an intermediary
2
a :  to act as intermediary agent in bringing, effecting, or communicating :  convey
b :  to transmit as intermediate mechanism or agency
intransitive verb
1
:  to interpose between parties in order to reconcile them
2
:  to reconcile differences
me·di·a·tive \-ˌā-tiv\ adjective
me·di·a·to·ry \-ə-ˌtr-ē\ adjective

Examples of MEDIATE

  1. He has been appointed to mediate the dispute.
  2. He is attempting to mediate a settlement between the company and the striking workers.
  3. Negotiators are trying to mediate a cease-fire.

Origin of MEDIATE

Medieval Latin mediatus, past participle of mediare, from Late Latin, to be in the middle, from Latin medius middle
First Known Use: 1568

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