Definition of mediate
- the disease spreads by mediate as well as direct contact
- —Veterinary Record
has a black-and-white view of human nature, believing that there is no mediate state between good and evil
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.
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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First Known Use: 1578See Words from the same year
: 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
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