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

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said earlier this week that the US has not offered any plan to mediate the talks. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "A month after G20, Trump's policy achievements appear to be unraveling," 2 Aug. 2019 The two sides agreed to mediate the matter once the Women's World Cup in France was over. Anne M. Peterson, baltimoresun.com, "Talks between U.S. Soccer, women’s team break down; likely head to jury trial," 15 Aug. 2019 The two sides agreed to mediate the matter once the Women's World Cup in France was over. NBC News, "U.S. women's soccer team ready to take fair pay fight to court after talks break down," 15 Aug. 2019 The two sides agreed to mediate the matter once the Women’s World Cup in France was over. Anne M. Peterson, BostonGlobe.com, "US women’s soccer reaches impasse in mediation over pay," 14 Aug. 2019 The two sides agreed to mediate the matter once the Women's World Cup in France was over. Anne M. Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "Equal pay talks end between the women’s team and U.S. Soccer. A jury trial is likely next.," 10 Aug. 2019 Some residents argue the design review process is in place to mediate opposing neighbors’ perspectives — such as ocean views or noise quality — and should be preserved. Faith E. Pinho, latimes.com, "Laguna Beach council to review measures to streamline design review process," 5 July 2019 An African Union envoy is in Sudan to mediate the crisis as leaders of the country’s protest movement accuse the ruling military of pursuing a brutal crackdown on protesters. Washington Post, "AU envoy mediates Sudan crisis as protesters slam military," 13 June 2019 There is no objective way to mediate conflicts of this kind. Hans A. Von Spakovsky, National Review, "FEC Chair Embarks Down the High-Tech Road to Censorship," 12 Sep. 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

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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