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

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Other Words from mediate


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


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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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 connection between genes and traits is mediated by environment, as is evolution. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "‘People need to see big patterns.’ U.S. ecological observatory’s new science chief looks ahead," 31 Jan. 2020 Even while mediating negotiations with Tehran, the sultan maintained ties to those in the Pahlavi dynasty that Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution overthrew. Washington Post, "Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who modernized Oman, dies at 79," 11 Jan. 2020 Even while mediating negotiations with Tehran, the sultan maintained ties to those in the Pahlavi dynasty that Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution overthrew. Time, "Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Who Modernized Oman, Dies at 79," 11 Jan. 2020 Finally, the rational soul is the sole province of people, mediating reason, language and speech. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Is Death Reversible?," 11 Oct. 2019 Their access to Twitter is mediated—and overseen—through Sprinklr, a tool that lets brands treat social media as a customer service problem. Dustin Kurtz, The New Republic, "Why Amazon’s Twitter Ambassadors Are So Sad," 16 Aug. 2019 The situation was mediated and everyone agreed to be civil., "Man suggests an elaborate explanation of how money was stolen from him: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 24 July 2019 Someone may seek your advice or ask you to mediate a dispute. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 28, 2020: Gemini, forgive and forget; Leo, trust your judgement today," 28 Jan. 2020 Ask the move manager or another independent third party to help mediate family squabbles, when necessary. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Downsizing Your Home Is Hard. How to Decide What’s Worth Keeping.," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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“Mediate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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


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
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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