Synonyms & Antonyms of mediate

(Entry 1 of 2)

occupying a position equally distant from the ends or extremes
  • has a black-and-white view of human nature, believing that there is no mediate state between good and evil

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Synonyms & Antonyms of mediate (Entry 2 of 2)

to act as a go-between for opposing sides
  • their middle child is often asked to mediate between the oldest and the youngest

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How is the word mediate different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of mediate are intercede, interfere, interpose, and intervene. While all these words mean "to come or go between," mediate implies intervening between hostile factions.

mediated between the parties

When could intercede be used to replace mediate?

The words intercede and mediate can be used in similar contexts, but intercede implies acting for an offender in begging mercy or forgiveness.

interceded on our behalf

When would interfere be a good substitute for mediate?

The synonyms interfere and mediate are sometimes interchangeable, but interfere implies hindering.

noise interfered with my concentration

When is it sensible to use interpose instead of mediate?

Although the words interpose and mediate have much in common, interpose often implies no more than this.

interposed herself between him and the door

When can intervene be used instead of mediate?

While the synonyms intervene and mediate are close in meaning, 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

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The first known use of mediate was in the 15th century

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“Mediate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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