me·​di·​a·​tor | \ ˈmē-dē-ˌā-tər How to pronounce mediator (audio) \

Definition of mediator

1 : one that mediates especially : one that mediates between parties at variance
2 : a mediating agent in a physical, chemical, or biological process

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Examples of mediator in a Sentence

if you two cannot resolve this argument on your own, we'll have to bring in a mediator

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Those born under this lunation are natural mediators, and Libra moons are happiest when keeping the peace. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Moon Sign Reveals About Your Emotional Personality," 23 Apr. 2018 The coalition promised payments to al-Qaida members who left, according to Shabwa's security chief Awad al-Dahboul, a mediator and two government officials. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "Yemen: US allies strike deals with al-Qaida in war on rebels," 6 Aug. 2018 Working to settle the protracted conflict in Syria, where Russia is aiding President Bashar al-Assad but has also tried to reinforce its role as mediator between the warring sides, appeared to be a bright spot during Mr. Bolton’s talks in Moscow. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "Bolton Says Trump Would Welcome Meeting with Putin Next Month in Paris," 23 Oct. 2018 On the last day, the remaining fighters were thrown a farewell dinner at the farm of one of the mediators. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "Details of deals between US-backed coalition, Yemen al-Qaida," 6 Aug. 2018 Another avenue is hiring a more affordable, by-the-hour mediator like Miraglia, who mediates a conversation and drafts a contract based on a couple’s goals. Hannah Hickok, Glamour, "I Got a Prenup—but It Wasn't to Protect My Money," 27 Nov. 2018 Shaping the narrative Savall is a respected artistic mediator of intercultural dialogue. Thomas May, The Seattle Times, "‘The Routes of Slavery’ traces a musical journey of resilience in the face of inhumanity," 31 Oct. 2018 Vucic has met with the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who is the mediator in the talks that are aimed at finding a solution to the dispute stemming from the 1990s conflict. Fox News, "The Latest: EU says no breakthrough in Serbia, Kosovo talks," 7 Sep. 2018 The French president has tried to carve out a role for himself as a mediator in the Middle East and a proponent of multilateral agreements. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "Libyan Factions Agree to Elections Despite Deep Divisions," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of mediator

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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me·​di·​a·​tor | \ ˈmēd-ē-ˌāt-ər How to pronounce mediator (audio) \

Medical Definition of mediator

: one that mediates especially : a mediating agent (as an enzyme or hormone) in a chemical or biological process substance P, a neuropeptide mediator of analgesic stimuli in peripheral sensory nerves — D. R. Robinson


me·​di·​a·​tor | \ ˈmē-dē-ˌā-tər How to pronounce mediator (audio) \

Legal Definition of mediator

: one that works to effect reconciliation, settlement, or compromise between parties at variance — compare arbitrator

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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