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mediate

adjective me·di·ate \ ˈmē-dē-ət \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of mediate

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

play \-dē-ə-sē\ noun

mediately

adverb

Examples of mediate in a Sentence

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

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of mediate

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


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mediate

verb me·di·ate \ ˈmē-dē-ˌāt \

Definition of mediate

mediated; mediating
transitive verb
1 a :to bring accord out of by action as an intermediary (see 2intermediary 1a)
  • endeavored to mediate East-West differences on several important issues
  • Collier's Year Book
b :to effect by action as an intermediary (see 2intermediary 1a)
  • mediated a settlement that was satisfactory to both sides
2 a :to act as intermediary (see 1intermediary 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 1a) them
2 :to reconcile (see reconcile 1b) differences

mediative

play \-ˌā-tiv\ adjective

mediatory

play \-ə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of mediate in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of mediate from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of mediate

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

MEDIATE Defined for English Language Learners

mediate

verb

Definition of mediate for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

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mediate

adjective me·di·ate \ ˈmēd-ē-ət \

medical Definition of mediate

1 :occupying a middle position
2 :acting through an intervening agency :exhibiting indirect causation, connection, or relation

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mediate

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

medical Definition of mediate

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


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