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

Verb

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

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.

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

There is no objective way to mediate conflicts of this kind. Hans A. Von Spakovsky, National Review, "FEC Chair Embarks Down the High-Tech Road to Censorship," 12 Sep. 2019 In both incidents the civil rights commission found probable cause on charges and ordered an attempt be made to mediate the dispute, the captains say. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Black Cleveland EMS captains say commissioner, city discriminates when scheduling shifts," 12 Sep. 2019 Chynoweth told the judge the state did not want to mediate a settlement. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Judge likens Alabama driver’s license policy for transgender people to scarlet letter," 30 July 2019 Bonnie's other main role in the show was to mediate talks between Madeline and Nathan (James Tupper), Bonnie's current spouse and Madeline's ex. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A Quick Big Little Lies Season One Recap, Ahead of Its Season Two Premiere," 8 June 2019 In July, India rejected Trump’s offer to mediate and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi again told reporters at the Group of Seven summit in France that Kashmir is a bilateral issue. Washington Post, "The Latest: Trump pitches his Miami-area site for G-7 summit," 28 Aug. 2019 Her Instagram is only a little more mediated and fake than any other influencer's, and the influencer economy moves billions of dollars every year. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "You Are Already Having Sex With Robots," 23 Aug. 2019 The dWeb is based on peer-to-peer data sharing and communications between users — without companies such as Facebook, Google, Uber or AirBnB providing a platform or mediating the connections. NBC News, "These technologists think the internet is broken. So they're building another one.," 21 July 2019 If the vesicles come from the fungus, that would suggest whatever is inside plays a role in the muscle contraction—perhaps by secreting some substance that causes spasms in the muscle—or mediates the communication between fungal cells. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Zombifying fungus bypasses the brain to make ants its puppets, study finds," 17 July 2019

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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
: 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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