mediate

adjective
me·di·ate | \ˈmē-dē-ət \

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

mediate

verb
me·di·ate | \ˈmē-dē-ˌāt \
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 2 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 2 sense 1a) mediated a settlement that was satisfactory to both sides

2a : to act as intermediary (see intermediary entry 1 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

Adjective

mediacy \-dē-ə-sē \ noun
mediately adverb

Verb

mediative \-ˌā-tiv \ adjective
mediatory \-ə-ˌtȯr-ē \ adjective

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Verb

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: Verb

The new talks are being mediated by the East African regional bloc and its leaders, with Ethiopia's new prime minister inviting Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar last week for the first round and an awkward embrace. Sam Mednick, The Christian Science Monitor, "South Sudanese cease-fire brings hope, skepticism for conflict's end," 28 June 2018 According to the standard model, all forces are mediated by specific particles. Lorenzo Bianchi, Newsweek, "Was This Stephen Hawking's Theory of Everything?," 19 Mar. 2018 Mesa has also mediated a few conversations between the county, Vulcan and residents. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 The authors also report that the changes in levels of mobile genetic elements might in turn be mediated by a modification to the genomic DNA known as methylation. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Early Life Experience: It’s in Your DNA," 10 July 2018 The researchers from Florida State University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa sought to determine the effect of a pre-exercise carbohydrate on SCAAT lipolysis and whether this effect is mediated by glycemic index. NOLA.com, "Optimum Performance: What you eat before training and competition matters," 13 Apr. 2018 Headspace has a number of wellness apps designed to teach people how to mediate and to alleviate stress and anxiety. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "From Meditation to Medication: Headspace Has a Prescription Strategy," 25 June 2018 In this striking juxtaposition between the feeling subject and actual ethics, Cusk returns to gender to mediate the difference. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Empty Space of Rachel Cusk," 15 June 2018 In most cases, the organization was able to mediate. Claudia Blumer, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Switzerland, giving children a say in life-changing decisions," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of mediate

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1578, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for mediate

Adjective

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

Verb

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

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mediate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mediate

: 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

mediate

adjective
me·di·ate | \ˈmēd-ē-ət \

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

mediate

transitive verb
me·di·ate | \ˈmēd-ē-ˌāt \
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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