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 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 The advocate helps mediate public records disputes and provides training for public employees on how to carry out both the letter and spirit of Oregon’s public records law. oregonlive, 11 June 2021 Can modern people spend an entire two minutes (the length of time this eclipse was to last) without taking a picture or checking our phone—without needing a device to mediate the distance between ourselves and the world? John Bowe, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2021 Months later, Tuan, who had joined CUHK from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, attempted to mediate between police and protesters when officers and demonstrators confronted each other near campus. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 5 June 2021 For example, a particular group of neurons in the prefrontal cortex is critical for inhibiting other cells that mediate action, and the activity of these inhibitory cells does not approach adult patterns until the late teen years. Daniel Weinberger, Scientific American, 24 May 2021 Kajumba said that Congolese had been employed to mediate between the creuseurs and company officials. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Qatar, which bankrolls Hamas in Gaza, has also tried to mediate, with its foreign minister holding talks with both the Hamas leader, Ismail Haniya, and U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. New York Times, 14 May 2021 Egypt, the first Arab country to make peace with Israel, in 1979, has attempted to mediate between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian armed group that rules Gaza. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 13 May 2021 Meanwhile, the United Nations, Egypt and Qatar, which frequently mediate between Israel and Hamas, were all trying to halt the fighting, a diplomatic official confirmed. Fox News, 11 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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The first known use of mediate was in the 15th century

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“Mediate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mediate. Accessed 22 Jun. 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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