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 Neurotransmitters and neuromodulators mediate communication between neurons and between neurons and non-neural cells. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Ziggy Marley at the Belly Up: ‘Music will be in the house, even if people aren’t’," 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, "Microscopic Wrinkles in Leaves Ward Off Insects," 26 Jan. 2021 Attorney Joanne Lipo Zovic has been helping mediate tenant-landlord disputes since 2017. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As evictions spike, here's how Milwaukee organizations are doing what they can to help," 24 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then came the infamous phone call, a recording of which was leaked by Russian intelligence services, in which Nuland derided the European Union’s hesitancy in attempts to mediate a resolution to the Ukraine crisis. Matthew Lee, ajc, "Blinken takes anti-graft message, old Russia foe to Ukraine," 5 May 2021 Abiy has so far rejected international attempts to mediate. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Ethiopia’s war in Tigray shows no signs of abating despite government’s victory claims," 4 Dec. 2020 But troops can’t mete out justice, and Masalit leaders have rejected the government’s offers to mediate. Washington Post, "Massacres threaten to engulf Darfur, where revenge has substituted for justice," 20 Apr. 2021 The goal is typically to mediate rather than litigate, but sometimes litigation is necessary. Brian Summerfelt, Forbes, "Collecting Business Debt: Six Best Practices When Working With A Collections Agency," 9 Apr. 2021 The commission has the authority to investigate and mediate complaints relating to the city’s civil rights ordinance, and can impose fines up to $1,000 per violation. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Akron seeks to help renters with ‘pay-to-stay,’ source-of-income discrimination laws," 6 Apr. 2021 The letter was signed in the presence and in the house of Prince Hassan, Hamzeh and Abdullah’s uncle, who was tapped to mediate the conflict. Washington Post, "Jordan announces gag order on Prince Hamzeh investigation after new recording is leaked," 6 Apr. 2021 All of this is playing out as Arab society is experiencing a breakdown of traditional leadership that once had the authority to mediate feuds, between families or individuals. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Israeli Arab voters, surging violent crime overshadows all else," 12 Mar. 2021 Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center director William Nelson says while supplements help mediate vitamin deficiencies, taking any additional doses provides no extra benefits. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: 'Cancer update' claiming to come from Johns Hopkins Hospital is a hoax," 11 Mar. 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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“Mediate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mediate. Accessed 14 May. 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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