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 Mr Macron thinks Europe can best establish its global influence as a power that mediates between the gorillas of China and the United States. The Economist, "Assessing Emmanuel Macron’s apocalyptic vision," 7 Nov. 2019 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that Moscow is committed to mediating between Syria and Turkey. Time, "Syrian Forces Enter a Key Border Town, Thwarting Turkish Plans," 17 Oct. 2019 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that Moscow is committed to mediating between Syria and Turkey. Washington Post, "Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans," 17 Oct. 2019 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that Moscow is committed to mediating between Syria and Turkey. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "President Trump says Turkey's invasion of Syria is 'not our problem'," 16 Oct. 2019 But Russian officials have been mediating low-level talks between the Kurds and Damascus. Lefteris Pitarakis And Sarah El Deeb, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Syria’s Kurds look to Assad for protection after US pullout," 13 Oct. 2019 The sailors shot and killed an important leader, Te Maro, and over the following days killed eight more Maori before a Tahitian priest managed to mediate between the sides. BostonGlobe.com, "Britain expresses ‘regret’ for killing Maori 250 years ago - The Boston Globe," 3 Oct. 2019 The sailors shot and killed an important leader, Te Maro, and over the following days killed eight more Maori before a Tahitian priest managed to mediate between the sides. Nick Perry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Britain expresses ‘regret’ for killing Maori 250 years ago," 2 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, in Tokyo, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a top government spokesman, told reporters that Abe’s trip was intended to help de-escalate tensions in the Mideast – but not specifically mediate between Tehran and Washington. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Amid tension with Iran, US Navy assisting 2 Gulf of Oman tankers targeted in 'reported attack'," 13 June 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
How to pronounce mediate (audio)

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
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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