mediate

adjective
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

mediate

verb
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

Adjective

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

Verb

mediative \ ˈmē-​dē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce mediate (audio) \ adjective
mediatory \ ˈmē-​dē-​ə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce mediate (audio) \ 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: Adjective Violence prevention advocates have been working to defuse situations, mediate conflicts and distribute free gun locks. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 June 2021 The documentary also showed interviews with residents who carry guns for protection but did not use footage of residents who have created community programs meant to keep children safe and mediate disputes. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Mar. 2021 Police forces fight terrorism abroad, perform homeless services, work with children in schools, respond to calls for mental health crises, perform social work and welfare checks, mediate domestic disputes, and respond to drug overdoses. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 25 May 2021 Neurotransmitters and neuromodulators mediate communication between neurons and between neurons and non-neural cells. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 Wrinkles form in many leaves' cuticles—coatings that limit water evaporation, mediate gas exchange, and protect the plant from pathogens. Monique Brouillette, Scientific American, 26 Jan. 2021 Attorney Joanne Lipo Zovic has been helping mediate tenant-landlord disputes since 2017. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It was also agreed that a special envoy of the ASEAN chair will mediate in the talks. Niniek Karmini, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 Safe Streets outreach workers mediate disputes in an effort to prevent violence. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 3 July 2021 Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has already had to backtrack in attempts to mediate a separate conflict between drugmakers and hospitals over the same drug discount program. Rachel Cohrs, STAT, 2 July 2021 Yet the hope remains, as Assange himself noted, that new technologies will be able to mediate the unblunted power of many states — rather than consolidating their ability to control the discussion and their citizenry at scale. Roger Huang, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Disagreements have intensified in recent years over how much water each country along the Nile and its tributaries can tap, with the U.S. and other African countries seeking to help mediate disagreements. Amira El-fekki And Andrew James, WSJ, 10 July 2021 Pierson, the Trump campaign official, had initially been asked by Wren to help mediate the conflict. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, 28 June 2021 The IndyStar Call for Action team might help mediate a landlord-tenant dispute, but cannot offer legal services or advice. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 18 June 2021 Egypt was called to mediate between Israel and Hamas to reach cease-fires in their past three wars. Washington Post, 21 May 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mediate. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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
: 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

mediate

adjective
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

mediate

transitive verb
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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