me·​di·​ate | \ ˈmē-dē-ət How to pronounce mediate (audio) \

Definition of mediate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : occupying a middle position
2a : acting through an intervening agency
b : exhibiting indirect causation, connection, or relation the disease spreads by mediate as well as direct contactVeterinary Record


me·​di·​ate | \ ˈmē-dē-ˌāt How to pronounce mediate (audio) \
mediated; mediating

Definition of mediate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring accord out of by action as an intermediary (see intermediary entry 1 sense 1a) endeavored to mediate East-West differences on several important issuesCollier's Year Book
b : to effect by action as an intermediary (see intermediary entry 1 sense 1a) mediated a settlement that was satisfactory to both sides
2a : to act as intermediary (see intermediary entry 2 sense 2) agent in bringing, effecting, or communicating : convey individuals … mediate the culture to the child— Margaret Mead
b : to transmit as intermediate mechanism or agency

intransitive verb

1 : to interpose between parties in order to reconcile (see reconcile sense 1a) them
2 : to reconcile (see reconcile sense 1b) differences

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Other Words from mediate


mediacy \ ˈmē-​dē-​ə-​sē How to pronounce mediacy (audio) \ noun
mediately adverb


mediative \ ˈmē-​dē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce mediative (audio) \ adjective
mediatory \ ˈmē-​dē-​ə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce mediatory (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for mediate


interpose, interfere, intervene, mediate, intercede mean to come or go between. interpose often implies no more than this. interposed herself between him and the door interfere implies hindering. noise interfered with my concentration intervene may imply an occurring in space or time between two things or a stepping in to stop a conflict. quarreled until the manager intervened mediate implies intervening between hostile factions. mediated between the parties intercede implies acting for an offender in begging mercy or forgiveness. interceded on our behalf

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Mediation is often used in disputes between companies and labor unions, and the government actually provides mediators for such disagreements. The mediator tries to bring the two sides to an agreement, but doesn't have the power to actually order such an agreement. Mediators also sometimes have a role in international disputes; when two neighboring countries claim exclusive fishing rights in the same ocean waters, for example, they may invite a trained mediator to help settle the argument. Arbitration is similar to mediation, but in arbitration both parties in a dispute agree to accept the arbitrator's decision.

Examples of mediate in a Sentence

Adjective has a black-and-white view of human nature, believing that there is no mediate state between good and evil Verb He has been appointed to mediate the dispute. He is attempting to mediate a settlement between the company and the striking workers. Negotiators are trying to mediate a cease-fire.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Attorney Joanne Lipo Zovic has been helping mediate tenant-landlord disputes since 2017. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As evictions spike, here's how Milwaukee organizations are doing what they can to help," 24 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jackson is the executive director of Elite Learners, a community anti-violence organization that tries to mediate conflict on the street without the involvement of the police. Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, "How the Police Could Be Defunded," 26 June 2020 The website, which ran from 2009 until 2015, when Burkov was arrested, even had an arbitration feature to mediate disputes between members who conducted business on the site. Washington Post, "National Digest: Russian hacker gets nine-year sentence," 26 June 2020 Changes included compelling officers to deescalate and mediate their response based on someone being passive. USA TODAY, "For black mayors, police reforms are a personal mission to make sure 'another black man doesn't die the way George Floyd did'," 12 June 2020 Facebook has responded to these debates by trying to self-police, appointing an oversight board to mediate disputes about content. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump's two-front 2020 Twitter war," 11 June 2020 Riot control agents are designed to cause irritation within seconds of exposure, making people want to flee; toxicologists advise that getting away from the gas is the best and first thing to do to mediate the impact. Anchorage Daily News, "White House says police didn’t use tear gas and rubber bullets, a semantics argument," 3 June 2020 And as the Trump administration closed the country’s borders in response to the pandemic, Bencomo mediated with Mexican government agencies, successfully allowing GRM to still cross its volunteers, medical supplies and equipment for the camp. Silvia Foster-frau,, "Local nurse aids migrants amid coronavirus pandemic," 26 May 2020 After failing to mediate a new power-sharing arrangement between Ghani and Abdullah last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo punished both sides by cutting $1 billion in American aid. Dan Xin Huang, The New Republic, "Afghanistan May Soon Have Peace. And the Cost Is Democracy.," 29 Apr. 2020 Officers mediated the situation and learned that the 42-year-old East Cleveland resident had a felony warrant from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections for a parole violation. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Officers administer naloxone to driver in OVI crash: Westlake Police Blotter," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of mediate


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1578, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for mediate


Middle English, from Late Latin mediatus intermediate, from past participle of mediare


Medieval Latin mediatus, past participle of mediare, from Late Latin, to be in the middle, from Latin medius middle

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“Mediate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mediate

: to work with opposing sides in an argument or dispute in order to get an agreement
: to get (something, such as a settlement or agreement) by working with opposing sides in a dispute
formal + technical : to have an effect or influence in causing (something) to happen


me·​di·​ate | \ ˈmēd-ē-ət How to pronounce mediate (audio) \

Medical Definition of mediate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : occupying a middle position
2 : acting through an intervening agency : exhibiting indirect causation, connection, or relation
me·​di·​ate | \ ˈmēd-ē-ˌāt How to pronounce mediate (audio) \
mediated; mediating

Medical Definition of mediate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to transmit or carry (as a physical process or effect) as an intermediate mechanism or agency

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