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

Other Words from mediate


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


mediative \ ˈmē-​dē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce mediate (audio) \ adjective
mediatory \ ˈmē-​dē-​ə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce mediate (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Labor Department and President Biden had also been in contact with the unions and rail companies, and was helping mediate negotiations, CNBC writes, per Jean-Pierre. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 16 Sep. 2022 Sometimes referred to as the nurse practitioners of the law industry, legal service providers offer a less expensive way to file documents and mediate disputes in civil court than hiring a lawyer. Deon J. Hampton, NBC News, 20 Aug. 2022 The site of your injury swells as your blood flow increases and your body ramps up the production of cytokines, a type of protein that helps mediate inflammation. Outside Online, 17 Feb. 2021 This includes Melon Kitchen, a vendor that acts as a ghost kitchen and helps mediate restaurant start-up costs for budding Black chefs. Cate Charron, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Feb. 2022 Raji calls for creating an audit oversight board within a federal agency to do things like enforce standards or mediate disputes between auditors and companies. Khari Johnson, Wired, 2 Dec. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The weak force only operates at very short distances, which suggests that the particles that mediate it (the W and Z bosons) are likely to be massive. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 9 Sep. 2022 Turkey has sought to mediate the conflict and hosted a round of talks between the two sides last month. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 The Labour Board has sought to mediate the dispute. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 8 Apr. 2022 Israel, which has donated medical equipment but not weapons to Ukraine, has sought to mediate an exit to the Ukraine-Russia conflict, with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett recently flying to Moscow to meet with Putin. Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2022 Mastino, too, lamented the current lack of a regulatory system to mediate HOA disputes without litigation. Brittany Freeman, ProPublica, 30 Aug. 2022 Someone with the training to deal with complex emotions, the expertise to mediate disputes and the ability to assess the key psychological variables at play are all necessary ingredients for successful solutions. Mark Sirkin, Forbes, 11 July 2022 The United States, in particular, has singlehandedly blocked appointments to the WTO's appeals court, which aims to mediate trade disputes. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 16 June 2022 Erdogan is trying to mediate the conflict, and plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Harold Maass, The Week, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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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


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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