Thesaurus

mediate

adjective

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

Synonyms for mediate

Words Related to mediate

Near Antonyms for mediate

Antonyms for mediate

mediate

verb

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

Synonyms for mediate

Words Related to mediate

Near Antonyms for mediate

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About mediate

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about mediate

Time Traveler for mediate

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Mediate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/mediate. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on mediate

Dictionary: Definition of mediate

Medical Dictionary: Definition of mediate

Nglish: Translation of mediate for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of mediate for Arabic Speakers

Comments on mediate

What made you want to look up mediate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!